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 Trump's reported decision comes after federal prosecutors recommended a 7–9 year prison sentence for Stone's November conviction on charges of lying, obstruction of justice, and witness-tampering. TheWeek, "Trump reportedly axes Treasury nomination for former U.S. attorney who oversaw Stone case," 12 Feb. 2020 The family only realized its importance after the brothers took turns bringing it to school for show-and-tell, and their teachers both recommended showing it to a local museum. Bethanee Bemis, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Two 1950s Kids Playing on the Railroad Tracks Found a National Treasure," 12 Feb. 2020 Professional members can now vote for trustees, governors and chapter officers and can recommend voting members. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Two Months After Recording Academy Released Its Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Report, Top Officials Measure Progress," 12 Feb. 2020 More education news: Special education issues still plague JCPS, jeopardizing millions after years of scrutiny In their reports to districts, the auditors would recommend specific turnaround strategies to help schools. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Bill would dramatically alter how Kentucky identifies and supports low-performing schools," 11 Feb. 2020 On February 3rd a commission reviewing admissions procedures recommended that UC should resist calls to abandon tests. The Economist, "What’s SAT Are test scores the backbone of meritocracy or the nexus of privilege?," 8 Feb. 2020 Fossil doesn’t recommend swimming with the leather band shown on this model, for example. NBC News, "Is the iPhone or Apple Watch waterproof? A guide to water-resistant devices," 7 Feb. 2020 Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitian recommends snacks that are high in fiber and protein, like a handful of unsalted almonds and an apple, or cheese, crackers, and fruit. Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping, "36 Tips for How to Travel With Kids That Will Save Your Next Family Vacation," 4 Feb. 2020 Booked with other clients at the time, Dansercoer recommended him to one of the polar world’s premier guiding services—owned by none other than Borge Ousland. National Geographic, "His tale of crossing Antarctica was riveting. But how much was fiction?," 3 Feb. 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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recommend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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