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 Officials recommend that anyone sick with COVID-19 avoid snuggling, petting and being licked by their pets, as well as sharing food or sleeping in the same bed. Dallas News, "Tarrant County dog is first in Texas to test positive for virus that causes COVID-19," 10 July 2020 Masks won't be required outdoors, but village officials recommend masks when people come within 6 feet of another person outside. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood is requiring face masks inside buildings open to the public, the first Milwaukee area community to pass this mandate," 10 July 2020 While local and state officials recommend that people wear masks around others, they are not required in Indiana. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "The CDC added new coronavirus symptoms to its list. Here's what you need to know.," 27 June 2020 Health officials recommend wearing a mask for protection from inhaling the dust. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 While county officials recommend outdoor learning as much as possible, students will still be in classrooms for hours each day, within feet of each other — which health experts say is a high-risk environment, despite masks. Erin Allday,, "Bay Area districts weigh how big of a risk to take in reopening schools: ‘It’s a gamble’," 26 June 2020 Public health officials recommend wearing masks in public when social distancing can’t be followed, but many stores do not require face masks. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska psychiatrist is accused of punching a man because he wasn’t wearing a mask in a Juneau grocery store," 19 June 2020 Health officials recommend thorough hand-washing, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking meat thoroughly, and avoiding cross-contamination in food preparation areas as ways to prevent E. coli illness. Fox News, "Over 42,000 pounds of ground beef recalled over E. coli concerns," 16 June 2020 Health officials recommend people avoid crowded places and restrain from touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Yes, it's possible to catch COVID-19 from someone without symptoms. Here's what you need to know," 12 June 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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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recommend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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