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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
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Examples from the web for recommendation
  • Strange they have found a cause with no recommendation to fix the problem.
  • He taught me a lot and he provided me with excellent recommendation letters.
  • The reasoning behind the recommendation is that natural colors often reflect what nutrients a food contains.
  • First, several members have to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • My recommendation is to go to both days if you can afford it.
  • Best recommendation is to get a copy of the book and study it.
  • Shawn was participating in a summer-book-recommendation-by-famous-figures feature.
  • Showing that if a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.
  • It was her strong recommendation to destroy the hives and start fresh.
  • Bad letters of recommendation are anything other than glowing letters.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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