recommend

verb
rec·​om·​mend | \ ˌre-kə-ˈmend How to pronounce recommend (audio) \
recommended; recommending; recommends

Essential Meaning of recommend

1 : to say that (someone or something) is good and deserves to be chosen A friend recommended this restaurant. I can't decide between the lasagna and the salmon. Which do you recommend? See More ExamplesThey recommended her for a promotion after only two years. The film is recommended to anyone who liked her earlier movies.Hide
2 : to suggest that someone do (something) It is strongly recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles. Take only the recommended dose of cough syrup. See More ExamplesI recommend [=suggest] getting to the theater an hour early to be sure you get tickets. = I recommend that you get to the theater an hour early. You may decide to pursue the matter in court, but I wouldn't recommend it.Hide
3 : to make (something or someone) seem attractive or good As a vacation destination, the area has much to recommend it. [=there are many things that make it a good vacation destination] He has little/nothing to recommend him as a political candidate. [=he has little/nothing that suggests he would be an attractive or successful candidate]

Full 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 recommend (audio) \ adjective
recommendatory \ ˌre-​kə-​ˈmen-​də-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce recommend (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 And when new medications enter the market, the Federal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee would recommend when and if these medications should be added to the national formulary. Jeffrey R. Lewis, STAT, 10 Oct. 2021 The Force3 mask has spread through the league organically, largely through word-of-mouth as catchers and umpires who have worn it recommend it to others. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 That's why over 7,300 shoppers recommend the Beckham Hotel Collection Down Alternative Comforter. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Wikoff is now considering getting vaccinated because his family and doctors recommend it. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Federal health officials currently recommend the booster be given eight months after the second vaccine, said Dr. Hila Beckerman, a Delray Beach pediatrician with extensive vaccine experience. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 This means the advisor would recommend a strategy, then have to send their client to some other platform to execute the transaction. Robert Farrington, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 This is why experts recommend keeping your desk fully stocked with a wide array of gum. Gabrielle Moss, Marie Claire, 20 Sep. 2021 The committee would then recommend a law firm to the City Council for approval. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recommend. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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