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 vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and its partners won a recommendation from the World Health Organization on Wednesday for use in children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high transmission. Joel Leon, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 One recommendation from the OIG was for the BOP to step up their screening of staff. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Any face covering requirements must come as a recommendation from a county health department, which the local county governing body can repeal, under a new law passed by the state Legislature. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Sep. 2021 Monday's recommendation from DHS applies only to people who received the Pfizer vaccine. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 Getting a recommendation from her therapists could go a long way in swaying the court, but those were rare. Christie Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Middletown City Schools has decided to move its high school football game scheduled for Friday night following a recommendation from police. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 24 Sep. 2021 News outlets reported the board voted 3-2 to toss a recommendation from county schools Superintendent Jeff Bryant to hire Justice. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 This will become especially important as Americans over 65 and at high risk of contracting Covid-19 will soon begin getting booster shots, after a recommendation from a panel of FDA advisors. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of recommendation

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

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8 Oct 2021

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“Recommendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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