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 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, "Wisconsin sees 'significant increase' in E. coli cases: state health officials," 19 Nov. 2019 Experts often recommend placing a regular pillow between your legs to help with this, but that just wasn’t enough for me. Anna Borges, SELF, "I’m Not Pregnant, but Holy Shit, Let Me Tell You About This Pregnancy Pillow," 18 Nov. 2019 The consultant recommended that the courts consider replacing or updating the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems., "Malden District Court moved its operations to Medford on Oct. 28, a week after state officials said that “ongoing repairs to the Malden District Courthouse necessitated the temporary move of all court business.” No mention was made of health issues.," 18 Nov. 2019 Authorities recommend finding an alternate route if traveling in this area, as Bowman Road is closed between East Wilds and East Rollins roads, the press release states. Gabriella Khalaj, azcentral, "Unidentified man found dead in Catalina, Pima County Sheriff's Department says," 18 Nov. 2019 The parole board had recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed, 51. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Kim Kardashian says news of Rodney Reed's halted execution brought 'relief and hope'," 18 Nov. 2019 The committee also recommended looking at replicating popular magnets to open more seats and potentially creating new magnet programs. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to share your opinion with JCPS about changes to student assignment, magnets," 18 Nov. 2019 The executive committee recommended total compensation of $194,784. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Board gives Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria raise and bonus, but members want his performance to improve," 17 Nov. 2019 Hours before the ruling, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended that Governor Greg Abbott grant Reed a 120-day reprieve, according to the Times. Claudia Harmata,, "Jenna Bush Hager Defends Kim Kardashian's Criminal Justice Work After Today Interview," 17 Nov. 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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The first known use of recommend was in the 14th century

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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recommend.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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not agreeing with established beliefs

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