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 Barr and New did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on prosecutors’ recommendation on Monday but have told the court that the former congressman should receive probation. Washington Post, "Prosecutors recommend former Rep. Chris Collins receive nearly five years for insider trading," 13 Jan. 2020 From impeachment to Iran, the House Speaker is taking on President Trump For sleep, Wyatt says the evidence isn’t strong enough to issue a blanket recommendation on blue light. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Forget What You Think You Know About Blue Light and Sleep," 10 Jan. 2020 Infectious-disease specialists should be called in and can make recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Deadly fungus became resistant to all existing drugs in 3 unlinked US patients," 9 Jan. 2020 From New Year’s Day specials to regular menus, here are a few recommendations of restaurants open on Jan. 1. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Take a break with these restaurants open New Year’s Day," 26 Dec. 2019 Seven analysts have downgraded their recommendations on FedEx stock in the last three months. Chris Isidore, CNN, "FedEx problems go beyond its split with Amazon," 18 Dec. 2019 The commission voted 8-0 in favor of the approval, sending the recommendation on to the Park Ridge City Council for a final vote. Jennifer Johnson,, "Daycare seeks city approval to relocate from Jefferson School to Park Ridge Methodist church," 12 Dec. 2019 To support that goal, the city council has formed a new ad-hoc committee on revenue and economic and community development to make recommendations on increasing the grand list and support to small businesses. Rebecca Lurye,, "New city committee will look at how to grow Hartford’s grand list, easing burden on small businesses," 12 Dec. 2019 Jacobs, through a coalition known as the Hartford Consensus, led military leaders, law enforcement, trauma surgeons and emergency responders to develop recommendations on how to improve the survival rate in mass casualty events. NBC News, "Books, binders and bleed-control kits: How school shootings are changing classroom basics," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of recommendation

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

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19 Jan 2020

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“Recommendation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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