[rek-uh-men-dey-shuh n, -muh n-]


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

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 formspre·rec·om·men·da·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See advice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recommendation

Contemporary Examples of recommendation

Historical Examples of recommendation

  • Miss Davenport is a Latin scholar, and they took her on the Traffords recommendation.

    Wee Wifie

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • He had a premonition, too, and very thoughtfully left me a letter of recommendation.

  • All the centuries followed the recommendation of that which voted first.

  • Vacancies in the County Courts were filled only on the recommendation of the remaining members.

  • You can count on my recommendation when it's likely to be of use, but you said something that was rather illuminating.

    The Girl From Keller's

    Harold Bindloss

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