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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And if staying inside is more your speed, our staff compiled recommendations for summer movies, TV, books, and more. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 That's in line with experts' recommendations for budgeting. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 In India, which has notoriously awful pollution, there’s an app that offers real-time updates on air quality and personalized recommendations regarding exposure. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 The organization shares recommendations about best practices and has authored standards for teaching and courses. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Village of Thornton may offer place to take high school courses online," 5 June 2019 President Donald Trump had asked for Tuesday’s federal agency recommendations in 2017. Washington Post, "US says national security demands easier mining rules," 4 June 2019 Last month, advisory council leaders made a presentation on its school safety and community engagement efforts and recommendations. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "U46, advisory council doing study of district buildings to identify repair, maintenance costs," 4 June 2019 The Times reported that the couple embroidered students’ college application recommendation letters with fabricated stories of hardship that played on negative racial stereotypes., "FBI investigating college application practices at T.M. Landry: report," 4 June 2019 The CBC Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Healthwill convene mental health experts from around the country, raise awareness among Members of Congress and their staff, and identify legislative recommendations to address this crisis. Tracey Ross, Essence, "Taraji P. Henson Speaks To Black Female Mayors About Increasing Access To Mental Health Resources," 4 June 2019

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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
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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