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[rek-uh-men-dey-shuh n, -muh n-] /ˌrɛk ə mɛnˈdeɪ ʃən, -mən-/
an act of recommending.
a letter or the like recommending a person or thing.
representation in favor of a person or thing.
anything that serves to recommend a person or thing, or induce acceptance or favor.
Origin of recommendation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English recommendacion < Medieval Latin recommendātiōn- (stem of recommendātiō), equivalent to recommendāt(us) (past participle of recommendāre to recommend; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
prerecommendation, noun
1. See advice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These two theories are the basis of nearly every recommendation that can be found for the use of fertilizers in growing crops.

  • It had, however, in some degree, the recommendation of novelty.

  • Have those who object to this recommendation ever thought of what practising novel-writing means?

  • My recommendation is to make a film record and plant them, but I'm too tired to argue.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • Mamma says I have made a bad commencement to my letter—that self-praise is no recommendation.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for recommendation


the act of recommending
something that recommends, esp a letter presenting someone as suitable for a job, etc
something that is recommended, such as a course of action
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Word Origin and History for recommendation

early 15c., "action of commending oneself to another," from Old French recommendation (Modern French recommandation), from Medieval Latin recommendationem (nominative recommendatio), noun of action from past participle stem of recommendare (see recommend). Meaning "act of recommending (someone or something) as worthy" is from 1570s. Letter of recommendation is from late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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