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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Recent Examples on the Web

The medium-size crape myrtles with red flowers that are recommended are Country Red and Dynamite. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 July 2018 Paddles, whistles, or signal flares are recommended. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "How Great Lakes kayakers saved themselves after being stranded," 6 July 2018 Protective eyewear was recommended during the solar eclipse to protect people’s eyes from the bright light of the sun. Time, "Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know," 3 July 2018 Shingrix was recommended for people 50 and older beginning last fall and is more effective than the old vaccine at preventing the painful shingles virus. CBS News, "CDC warns of shingles vaccine shortage," 29 June 2018 But there's a high bar for adding a disorder to the 34 conditions for which screening is recommended. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "U.S. Health secretary under pressure to approve screening of newborns for fatal genetic disease," 28 June 2018 There might be a reason that doctors don’t recommend eating a taco a day. Lauren Delgado,, "Downtown Orlando makes it easy to enjoy tacos every day," 28 June 2018 Mayer told Nallen that Disney planned to make its offer June 19 but that it would be withdrawn if Fox directors decided that Comcast’s bid could lead to a superior proposal or if management didn’t recommend Disney’s offer. Bloomberg,, "Fox says regulatory risk could delay or derail any Comcast bid," 26 June 2018 While opinions are mixed and the science is lacking, most doctors recommend patients do not get Botox or fillers of any kind during pregnancy. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Admits She "Got Rid Of" All Her Lip Filler," 9 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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