rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion | \ ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce recommendation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of recommendation

1a : the act of recommending
b : something (such as a procedure) recommended
2 : something that recommends or expresses commendation

Examples of recommendation in a Sentence

My boss wrote me a glowing letter of recommendation. Employees are frequently hired on the recommendation of a friend in the company. The report made very specific recommendations for policy reform. The committee's recommendation to hire a new director has been well received.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the jury convicts Gomez of first-degree murder and the special-circumstance allegation, the panel will then be asked to make a recommendation of death by execution or of life in prison without parole. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 But the advisory committee didn't make a formal recommendation, saying more data was needed and, ultimately, regulatory allowance from the Food and Drug Administration. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 22 July 2021 Once completed, the BCA hands over its investigative report, but does not make a recommendation. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Under previous New York law, prosecutors would determine whether to make a bail recommendation or agree to have the defendant released on their own recognizance. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, 18 July 2021 Bobbitt is chairman of a search committee and is expected to make a hiring recommendation to the board's 10 trustees. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 18 July 2021 Specialists with the federal government were expected to arrive in the coming days to make a recommendation on whether to launch a full investigation on why the building fell. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 26 June 2021 The previous guidance said there was not yet enough evidence on the use of coronavirus vaccine in children to make a general recommendation. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Once a drug is submitted to the FDA, their independent expert panel—around one-quarter of which resigned last week in the wake of the Aduhelm fiasco—reviews the data to make a recommendation. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of recommendation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Recommendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recommendation

: the act of saying that someone or something is good and deserves to be chosen
: a suggestion about what should be done
chiefly US : a formal letter that explains why a person is appropriate or qualified for a particular job, school, etc.


rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion | \ ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce recommendation (audio) \

Kids Definition of recommendation

1 : the act of presenting or supporting as worthy or fit I picked this book on your recommendation.
2 : a thing or course of action suggested as suitable or appropriate The doctor's recommendation was to rest.
3 : something (as a letter) that explains why a person is appropriate or qualified


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