rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion ˌre-kə-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce recommendation (audio)
: the act of recommending
: something (such as a procedure) recommended
: something that recommends or expresses commendation

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike most other states, Oklahoma has no list of qualifying medical conditions, allows patients to get a recommendation from a doctor online, and gives licenses that are valid for two years. Sean Murphy, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2023 The next month, the county’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to follow that recommendation. Michael Corkery, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2023 The overdue recognition for the 83-year-old Virginia resident comes after his recommendation for the medal was lost, resubmitted — and then lost again. Darlene Superville, ajc, 3 Mar. 2023 For a waffle maker that makes more than one at a time, consider the Crux Double Rotating Waffle Maker which is our recommendation for large groups. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2023 Hyden said lawmakers should also retroactively apply the state’s 2017 ban on judicial override, which was a practice that allowed judges to impose the death penalty on a person despite a jury’s recommendation for life in prison. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, 25 Feb. 2023 The Ponto Performance Pant is our top recommendation for its utility and comfort. Men's Health, 22 Feb. 2023 Ask your friends and family members for a recommendation if possible. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Feb. 2023 The committee's recommendation for approval will head to the full council, which next meets on Feb. 28. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Recommendation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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rec·​om·​men·​da·​tion ˌrek-ə-mən-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce recommendation (audio)
: the act of recommending
: a thing or course of action recommended
: something that recommends
a written recommendation
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