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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Brent Stockwell, the assistant city manager, said delaying the commission's recommendation was strategic to ensure the city does not have to discuss the matter publicly while fighting the Satanists' lawsuit. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Some push for Scottsdale to end prayer at council meetings amid legal showdown with Satanists," 10 Sep. 2019 The task force made a number of recommendations that were adopted., "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 Freimuth said the convention center already is addressing some of the recommendations in the draft report. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Study: Hartford’s convention center needs another hotel, local convention bureau and better use of outdoor promenades," 9 Sep. 2019 Today’s child safety recommendations can be overwhelming., "Safe Kids Carroll County: A primer for grandparents on ever-changing child safety recommendations," 6 Sep. 2019 Responses are for informational purposes only and individuals should consider whether any general recommendations in these responses are suitable for their particular circumstances based on investment objectives, financial situation and needs. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, "Simply Money: Does Medicare cover overseas healthcare?," 4 Sep. 2019 With layers of maps and a series of recommendations for developers, the plan paints a picture of a mixed-use district. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Redevelopment of Loretto Heights could transform southwest Denver, this month City Council will weigh a plan that lays out that vision," 2 Sep. 2019 However, the audit also made a number of recommendations to enhance case management, supervisory oversight and investigative efficiency, which McManus put into immediate effect. Emilie Eaton,, "For San Antonio police, the effort to improve response to family violence is ongoing," 30 Aug. 2019 Those new recommendations are still under consideration, although they are expected to be implemented by the end of this year, ahead of the Spring climbing season in May 2020. Sugam Pokharel And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Nepal is banning single-use plastic in the Everest region," 22 Aug. 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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