rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion | \ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən, -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

The app alerts patients with a pop-up disclaimer that buying products is a recommendation only. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Amazon Makes Inroads Selling Medical Supplies to the Sick," 29 Nov. 2018 There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Food safety detectives are zeroing in on source of romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak," 27 Nov. 2018 To win approval, the company had to run a demographically representative study proving that 97 percent of users understand that the test is not a medical recommendation, says 23andMe chief legal and regulatory officer Kathy Hibbs. Angela Chen, The Verge, "23andMe’s genetic test for how you’ll react to medication is ahead of its time," 2 Nov. 2018 The content herein is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by Amica Insurance. The Seattle Times, "Get in the groove with Seattle’s commuter-friendly vibe," 15 Oct. 2018 Warning: there is no staff recommendation on what to do. John Cherwa,, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 That loss may be somewhat offset by a recommendation by the Energy Division at the California Public Utilities Commission to increase the natural gas storage volume at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility in Los Angeles County. Rob Nikolewski,, "Heat wave puts Southern California power grid under pressure," 5 July 2018 While such recommendations by the commission then move relatively quickly to the Village Board, with trustees generally abiding by the commissioners’ vote, the Gas N Wash matter has yet to be taken up by the board. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling," 4 July 2018 Sears has authored a popular book on vaccines and advocates a staggered, alternative vaccination schedule that contrasts with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington Post, "Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical board," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of recommendation

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

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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

: 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 \

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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