verb rec·om·mend \ ˌre-kə-ˈmend \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of recommend

recommended; recommending; recommends
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
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


play \ˌre-kə-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective


play \ˌre-kə-ˈmen-də-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective



Examples of recommend in a Sentence

  1. There is much besides fishing to recommend a trip to this sleepy fishing village … —Peter KaminskyNew York Times24 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 ProseAtlanticDecember 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 LoganNew Yorker21 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 ClancyThe Cardinal of the Kremlin1988
  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.

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Origin and Etymology of recommend

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

RECOMMEND Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of recommend for English Language Learners

  • : 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

RECOMMEND Defined for Kids


verb rec·om·mend \ ˌre-kə-ˈmend \

Definition of recommend for Students

recommended; recommending
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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