If you give someone a recommendation, you're saying, "try this, it's good" or "this is the best way to proceed," or "this person will do a great job."

The noun recommendation stems from the Middle Latin word recommend, meaning "praise" or "present as worthy." Policy makers have made a strong recommendation to implement renewable energy initiatives to alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels. It used to be that you carried a letter of recommendation from a prominent person and used it as an introduction to polite society in an unfamiliar place, but nowadays, such a letter simply explains why someone is qualified for a particular job or school.

Definitions of recommendation
  1. noun
    something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
    synonyms: good word, testimonial
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    character, character reference, reference
    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
    type of:
    congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise
    an expression of approval and commendation
  2. noun
    any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission
    “her pleasant personality is already a recommendation
    synonyms: passport
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    type of:
    a distinguishing quality
  3. noun
    something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
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    a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred
    type of:
    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
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