verb rec·om·mend \ˌre-kə-ˈmend\

: to say that (someone or something) is good and deserves to be chosen

: to suggest that someone do (something)

: to make (something or someone) seem attractive or good

Full Definition of RECOMMEND

transitive verb
a :  to present as worthy of acceptance or trial <recommended the medicine>
b :  to endorse as fit, worthy, or competent <recommends her for the position>
:  entrust, commit <recommended his soul to God>
:  to make acceptable <has other points to recommend it>
:  advise <recommend that the matter be dropped>
rec·om·mend·able \-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
rec·om·men·da·to·ry \-də-ˌtr-ē\ adjective
rec·om·mend·er noun

Examples of RECOMMEND

  1. A friend recommended this restaurant.
  2. I can't decide between the lasagna and the salmon. Which do you recommend?
  3. They recommended her for a promotion after only two years.
  4. The film is recommended to anyone who liked her earlier movies.
  5. It is strongly recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles.
  6. Take only the recommended dose of cough syrup.
  7. You may decide to pursue the matter in court, but I wouldn't recommend it.
  8. There is much besides fishing to recommend a trip to this sleepy fishing village … —Peter Kaminsky, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2002


Middle English, from Anglo-French recommender, from Medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- + commendare to commend
First Known Use: 14th century


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