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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The panel's recommendations were then revised by the MFA Executive Committee: Tracy Preston, The Neiman Marcus Group; Gail Sachson, community arts leader; and Jennifer Scripps, director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Moody Foundation for the Arts increases to $175,000 the amount it's awarding to small arts groups," 3 July 2019 The owners manual will have specific recommendations. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "If you're traveling by car this July 4th, here's a road trip checklist," 3 July 2019 The memo suggests that the committee meet at least quarterly and that any recommendations from the group be included in reports provided to the governing board. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater Authority set to create a citizens advisory committee," 3 July 2019 The commission, however, ultimately voted against that recommendation. Fox News, "Broward County Sheriff's Office loses accreditation after school massacre, Florida airport shooting: report," 2 July 2019 There were conflicting viewpoints, the agency found, about the right of the regents to make personnel recommendations and how various political interests influenced the board’s decisions. Talia Richman,, "Why has the University of Maryland been placed on 'warning' by its accrediting agency?," 2 July 2019 Eddins subsequently sentenced Char to life in prison with the possibility of parole, based on prosecutors' recommendations. CBS News, "Road rage attacker wears blackface in racist courtroom rant," 2 July 2019 Still, there were failures and compromises both in how authorities delimited the scope of the inquiries and in how South Africa’s post-apartheid government enacted the commission’s eventual recommendations. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Notes on Cancel Culture," 1 July 2019 Multiple recommendations are scattered throughout the report for specific steps during construction and follow-up analysis after the work is done. Larry Persily, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska LNG project could have significant environmental impacts, says draft assessment," 1 July 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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