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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The gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so public health experts strongly recommend installing detectors to protect residents. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, "House passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing," 10 Sep. 2019 In 2012, a memo circulated to all five commissioners strongly recommended launching an antitrust suit against Google for abusing its dominance. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "50 states and territories launch massive joint probe into Google," 9 Sep. 2019 Organizers recommend parking on streets that are not playing music. Courant Staff,, "Six things do this weekend," 8 Sep. 2019 Health officials recommend preventing mosquito bites in order to combat EEE, such as bug spray, full coverage clothing, and staying inside. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Despite cooler temperatures, new cases of a potentially fatal mosquito virus were confirmed in Massachusetts," 6 Sep. 2019 Just last month, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission unanimously recommended another historic designation against the owner’s wishes — a mortuary in north Denver known as the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel. Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, "Carroll: Denver should toughen rules to avoid conflicts like Tom’s Diner," 6 Sep. 2019 Instead, agency staff recommend a relocation and the $140 million purchase of 2150 Webster St., which is across the street from Kaiser Center. Roland Li,, "BART’s rent is soaring, so it wants to buy a new Oakland headquarters," 6 Sep. 2019 Doctors may recommend acetaminophen or other over-the-counter drugs to relieve fever and muscle aches, along with lots of rest and plenty of water or other fluids. Amanda Macmillan,, "So There's a Measles Outbreak Near You. How Worried Should You Be?," 5 Sep. 2019 The recommended daily intake for potassium is currently 4,700 mg/day. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Butternut Squash Healthy? All the Nutritional Benefits of This Fall Superfood," 3 Sep. 2019

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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 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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to make a temporary encampment

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