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verb rec·om·mend \ˌre-kə-ˈmend\

Simple Definition of recommend

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recommend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 :  entrust, commit <recommended his soul to God>

  4. 3 :  to make acceptable <has other points to recommend it>

  5. 4 :  advise <recommend that the matter be dropped>

recommendable play \-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
recommendatory play \-də-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
recommender noun

Examples of recommend in a sentence

  1. There is much besides fishing to recommend a trip to this sleepy fishing village … —Peter Kaminsky, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2002

  2. … you feel as if you've left the world behind, down below, and that the only way to rejoin it is to let go and plummet straight down. Erice is not the first place I'd recommend to the acrophobic. —Francine Prose, Atlantic, December 2002

  3. Many of the Jobs, and especially those that paid well, had been parcelled out to candidates—mostly white males—whose applications signified that they had been recommended by well-placed political figures. —Andy Logan, New Yorker, 21 Aug. 1989

  4. If he'd bailed out with the rest of his crew—or been evacuated from the area at once as his regimental surgeon had recommended—perhaps he would have recovered fully … —Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, 1988

  5. A friend recommended this restaurant.

  6. I can't decide between the lasagna and the salmon. Which do you recommend?

  7. They recommended her for a promotion after only two years.

  8. The film is recommended to anyone who liked her earlier movies.

  9. It is strongly recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles.

  10. Take only the recommended dose of cough syrup.

  11. You may decide to pursue the matter in court, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Origin of recommend

Middle English, from Anglo-French recommender, from Medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- + commendare to commend

First Known Use: 14th century

RECOMMEND Defined for Kids


verb rec·om·mend \ˌre-kə-ˈmend\

Definition of recommend for Students


  1. 1 :  to present or support as worthy or fit <We recommended her for the job.> <Can you recommend a hotel?>

  2. 2 :  to make a suggestion :  advise <I recommend that the matter be dropped.>

  3. 3 :  to make acceptable <The plan has many points to recommend it.>

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