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 The Cincinnati Board of Education on Monday rightly decided to delay face-to-face learning in all of its schools through mid-September, at the recommendation of Superintendent Laura Mitchell. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "McCauley: CPS' distance learning decision is wise choice for now," 4 Aug. 2020 The board accepted her recommendation to start school on a staggered schedule, dividing students at each school into two groups based on the first letter of their last name. al, "First schools reopen in Alabama this week, many more scrambling, changing plans," 4 Aug. 2020 The pair came to the Oregon Zoo in 2019 on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for the species, which is considered endangered because of habitat loss and poaching. oregonlive, "It’s a boy: Oregon Zoo’s baby red panda gets first vet checkup," 3 Aug. 2020 In the past week Brogan & Partners Chief Executive Ellyn Davidson hired a new employee––a Black woman––based on the glowing recommendation of another worker. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Small Businesses Are Fighting for Their Lives. Diversity Doesn’t Have to Be Sacrificed.," 1 Aug. 2020 At the recommendation of the AHL’s Return to Play Task Force, the Board of Governors approved moving the anticipated start of the 2020-21 regular season to Dec. 4 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Wire Services, cleveland, "AHL announces revised start date for the 2020-21 season," 30 July 2020 The travel suspensions were at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ordered the restrictions on the grounds that allowing nonessential travelers, such as tourists, to enter the U.S. poses a public safety risk. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Mexican border arrests double since April despite Trump effort to deter crossings," 9 July 2020 The 10,000-step goal satisfies the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week (or 30 minutes of daily exercise). James Park, Fortune, "Why is 10,000 steps a day the goal? Fitbit’s CEO has some answers," 30 June 2020 Hanson said residents who tested positive for coronavirus have started returning to the facility at the recommendation of the health department. Aria Jones, Dallas News, "25 residents of Plano memory care facility test positive for coronavirus," 26 June 2020

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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 14 Aug. 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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