rec·​om·​mend | \ˌre-kə-ˈmend \
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 \ adjective
recommendatory \ˌre-​kə-​ˈmen-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ 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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Every clan has its fissures and no-fly zones, so, for family gatherings, experts recommend deflection. Alessandra Stanley, Town & Country, "New Solutions for Managing the Most Troublesome In-Laws," 19 Oct. 2018 That's why the bill mandates that insurers in the state cover all fees for mammograms, breast ultrasounds, and MRIs a doctor recommends. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 By comparison, Nvidia’s GeForce Now requires a 25Mbps connection, and recommends 50Mbps or higher. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Project xCloud service will stream Xbox games to PCs, tablets, and phones," 8 Oct. 2018 Unlike in Harry and Meghan's wedding procession, the carriage will not proceed along the Long Walk, and instead will take a much shorter route, with well-wishers recommended to watch the procession from Castle Hill, the High Street, and Park Street. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "You'll Have to Wake Up Seriously Early to Watch Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding," 22 Sep. 2018 Alice can be seen as part of the Farm, a group that Polly recommended to her mother after the events in season 2. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Riverdale" Season 3 So Far!," 23 July 2018 While very small results can be seen just a few weeks after your first session, at least two treatments are recommended to see a noticeable difference, with a wait time of four to six weeks between each. Tara Lamont, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Decided to Laser my Fat," 15 Oct. 2018 Doctors recommend it only under the guidance of a physician. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 The National Fire Protection Association has recommended standards for such exercises. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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