recommend

verb
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

After two votes were taken, Ramona resident Dawn Perfect was recommended to fill a vacancy on the Ramona Community Planning Group. Ramona Sentinel, "Planning group selects Perfect to fill vacancy," 13 Sep. 2019 The new policy is also significantly more liberal than that recommended by the government’s independent migration advisory committee. The Economist, "Britain signals an about-turn on immigration," 12 Sep. 2019 The action was recommended by the L.A. County Medical Assn. and the Air Pollution Control District. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Hikers see devastation up close as Station fire moves on," 9 Sep. 2019 While violating the federal prohibition carries a maximum statute sentence of life in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said prosecutors will recommend Kim be incarcerated for up to 87 months in return for his guilty plea. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta man admits to intending to poison wife with ricin, feds say," 9 Sep. 2019 Hardware security keys come highly recommended by security experts. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Hardware Security Keys: A Seatbelt for the Internet?—Cyber Saturday," 7 Sep. 2019 Miss Pop recommends using cuticle oil and moisturizer. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 6 Sep. 2019 No one in his family smoked, though his mother had smoked briefly during her pregnancy with him, her doctor recommending it to calm her nerves. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 Migration is another focus of the report, recommending that women refugees and asylum-seekers be registered separately from men, and granted separate residency, too. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 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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recommend

verb

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

recommend

verb
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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