rec·​om·​mend | \ ˌre-kə-ˈmend How to pronounce recommend (audio) \
recommended; recommending; recommends

Definition of recommend

transitive verb

1a : to present as worthy of acceptance or trial recommended the medicine
b : to endorse as fit, worthy, or competent recommends her for the position
2 : entrust, commit recommended his soul to God
3 : to make acceptable has other points to recommend it
4 : to suggest an act or course of action recommend that the matter be dropped

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Other Words from recommend

recommendable \ ˌre-​kə-​ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce recommendable (audio) \ adjective
recommendatory \ ˌre-​kə-​ˈmen-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce recommendatory (audio) \ adjective
recommender noun

Examples of recommend in a Sentence

There is much besides fishing to recommend a trip to this sleepy fishing village … — Peter Kaminsky, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2002 … 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 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 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 A friend recommended this restaurant. I can't decide between the lasagna and the salmon. Which do you recommend? They recommended her for a promotion after only two years. The film is recommended to anyone who liked her earlier movies. It is strongly recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles. Take only the recommended dose of cough syrup. You may decide to pursue the matter in court, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Recent Examples on the Web But as a do-everything pair of true wireless earphones for iPhone owners, the AirPods Pro are easy to recommend, especially at this deal price. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Apple’s AirPods Pro are down to a new low price on Amazon today," 16 June 2020 Google uses machine learning to refine search results, and target advertisements; Amazon and Netflix use it to recommend products and television shows to watch; Twitter and TikTok to suggest new users to follow. The Economist, "The business world Businesses are finding AI hard to adopt," 11 June 2020 Parisi would recommend that at-risk people and the elderly not go to a rally. Alexandra Lonas, Washington Examiner, "Trump supporters say they're not concerned about coronavirus at rallies," 26 June 2020 Earlier this month, the subcommittee voted to recommend that the full medical board approve cachexia and reject anxiety and autism. cleveland, "Ohio board may allow medical marijuana for cachexia. What is it and could cannabis help?," 25 June 2020 One of the federal prosecutors who withdrew in protest from Trump ally Roger Stone's case told House lawmakers that the Justice Department chose to recommend a lesser sentence for Stone because of his ties to President Trump. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Ex-Roger Stone prosecutor details "unprecedented" DOJ interference in case," 24 June 2020 Aaron Zelinsky, an attorney on former special counsel Robert Mueller's team and one of the career Justice Department lawyers who prosecuted Stone, said the agency's leadership pressured them to recommend a lenient sentence for political reasons. Editors, USA TODAY, "Police reform bill, NBA season restart, Roger Stone case: 5 things to know Wednesday," 24 June 2020 Earlier this month, the Planning Commission voted to recommend to the City Council that the land be rezoned from agricultural use to one that would allow industrial and commercial development. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale City Council votes Tuesday night on controversial rezoning that could bring Love's truck stop," 23 June 2020 After hearing testimony from 77 witnesses, a grand jury declined to recommend criminal charges against the officers. Jon Sarlin, CNN, "A father was choked to death by the NYPD 42 years ago. His family has never recovered," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of recommend

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for recommend

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

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The first known use of recommend was in the 14th century

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recommend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


rec·​om·​mend | \ ˌre-kə-ˈmend How to pronounce recommend (audio) \
recommended; recommending

Kids Definition of recommend

1 : to present or support as worthy or fit We recommended her for the job. Can you recommend a hotel?
2 : to make a suggestion : advise I recommend that the matter be dropped.
3 : to make acceptable The plan has many points to recommend it.

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