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recommendation

[rek-uh-men-dey-shuh n, -muh n-] /ˌrɛk ə mɛnˈdeɪ ʃən, -mən-/
noun
1.
an act of recommending.
2.
a letter or the like recommending a person or thing.
3.
representation in favor of a person or thing.
4.
anything that serves to recommend a person or thing, or induce acceptance or favor.
Origin of recommendation
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonym Study
1. See advice.
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  • "I shan't need any recommendation from your father," said Robert.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Be very particular to deserve my custom and recommendation, David.'

  • What was the peculiarity about the mine which constituted its recommendation to investors?

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • And now tell me, what higher letters of recommendation have they to men than this folly?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • The Chinese and Japanese eat it, but that isn't much of a recommendation to a European.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for recommendation

recommendation

/ˌrɛkəmɛnˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of recommending
2.
something that recommends, esp a letter presenting someone as suitable for a job, etc
3.
something that is recommended, such as a course of action
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Word Origin and History for recommendation
n.

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.

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