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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Some — such as meditation, journaling, therapy and medication — are recommended; others — denial, overeating, alcohol — are not. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 An inter-ministerial panel, tasked with drafting regulations for the sector, has reportedly recommended a complete ban on the sale, purchase, and issuance of cryptocurrencies in India, likening it to a ponzi scheme. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "What are the options for an Indian investor if bitcoin is completely banned?," 21 June 2019 While there is no requirement for how much of a nonprofit's proceeds must go to charity, watchdog groups recommend no more than 25% of a charity's expenses go to overhead. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Charity says it helps foster kids. Records show most of the money goes to salaries, overhead," 20 June 2019 Schrage was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but a Tucson police panel recommended that changes be implemented at the department in how officers serve mental-health orders. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 City staff is recommending the developer’s requests be approved, saying the proposal is consistent with the recommendations made in Naperville’s Downtown Plan. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "72 apartments, first-floor retail space proposed for third phase of Main Street Promendade in downtown Naperville," 14 June 2019 Nations during that outbreak, the largest in history, enacted damaging travel and trade bans not recommended by WHO. B. David Zarley, Quartz Africa, "As first Ebola case found in Uganda, there are questions over WHO’s reaction time," 12 June 2019 Elgin’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended this week that the Elgin City Council approve Duet Dance Academy’s plans to relocate to the city and expand its dance studio space at a Randall Road strip mall. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Duet Dance studio planning move to Elgin wins approval of city Planning and Zoning Commission," 6 June 2019 Reading your words to yourself works in the editing process, but reciting them aloud to make sure the words flow easily, is highly recommended. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Own Wedding Vows," 5 June 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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