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

n something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

good word, testimonial
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

n any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission

“her pleasant personality is already a recommendation
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a distinguishing quality

n something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable

a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred
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a proposal for an appropriate course of action

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