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 recommendation is voluntary and officials have not imposed any new restrictions that would force the cancellation of any events. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Some victims were found in the halls and stairwells, prompting Nigro to remind people that the recommendation for those in fireproof high-rise buildings is to shelter in place during a fire. NBC News, 10 Jan. 2022 Responses are for informational purposes only, and individuals should consider whether any general recommendation in these responses is suitable for their particular circumstances based on investment objectives, financial situation and needs. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 28 Dec. 2021 The proposal is awaiting approval from the Ministry of Health, but questions have been raised about whether the recommendation was premature given the lack of data on the effects of a fourth shot. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2021 The main recommendation from this year's report is one the bureau has made for years: that the system improve its information security program. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2021 Gohara's recommendation is the Versed Skincare Instant Gratification, a nonelectric option that features a reusable, slip-free handle. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, 21 Dec. 2021 In Utah, the recommendation is that all women 40 and older get screened. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Although the obvious recommendation is to plow through the many volumes of the Dune series itself, newbies are sometimes fearful of being thrown into the deep end of the pool (the six Dune books penned by Frank Herbert span some 900,000 words). Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of recommendation

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

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The first known use of recommendation was in the 15th century

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“Recommendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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