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.
Recent Examples on the Web But an agency spokesperson said that was not an official recommendation. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 But others switched it up, either as a matter of preference, availability or recommendation. Luke Money And Rong-gong Lin Ii, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 Geller said the rejection of the Republican special master’s recommendation signaled that the Senate would go along with such DeSantis moves. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 But others switched it up, either as a matter of preference, availability or recommendation. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 After a jury found her guilty in 2019, Shirley accepted the state's recommendation of a five-year sentence pending a presentence investigation. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 23 Sep. 2022 In his own sentencing memorandum, Papini defense attorney William Portanova asked that the jurist order Papini to serve one month in jail and the remaining seven under house arrest, in line with the United States Probation Office’s recommendation. Fox News, 22 Sep. 2022 On Wednesday, the board deadlocked in a 2-2 tie over Cripliver’s recommendation for Pepa to take over as interim assistant superintendent. Carole Carlson, Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 The recommendation also acknowledged a potential link to suicide, BBC reported. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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