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 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 Now, though, with more doses available, doctors recommend that people who have had COVID-19 at any time go get vaccinated. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are the reasons Utahns aren’t getting the vaccine — but we’re here to help," 30 Apr. 2021 Why, then, does the CDC still recommend masks for vaccinated people in some situations? Megan Ranney, CNN, "They key thing you should know about the new mask rules," 30 Apr. 2021 If your symptoms are severe, your doctor might recommend allergy shots, which work by slowly building up your body's tolerance to your allergens, according to the AAFA. Maggie O'neill,, "How To Treat Swollen Eyes Caused By Allergies, According to Allergists," 29 Apr. 2021 As such, the study’s authors recommend that primary care practitioners (PCPs) undertake far more rigorous and proactive monitoring and screening of patients with disabilities at risk of falls and injury at home. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, "Home Adaptations Keep People Out Of Care Facilities – Why Do Doctors Rarely Discuss Them?," 27 Apr. 2021 Based on von der Leyen's comments, the European Commission will recommend the change in travel policy, though individual member states may reserve the right to keep stricter limits. Matina Stevis-gridneff New York Times, Star Tribune, "E.U. set to let vaccinated U.S. tourists visit this summer," 26 Apr. 2021 Leyen’s comments, the European Commission will recommend the change in travel policy, though individual member states may reserve the right to keep stricter limits. New York Times, "E.U. Set to Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists Visit This Summer," 25 Apr. 2021 Athletes, take note, however: Given the Fitbit’s small screen and split-second-to-wake display, our testers recommend that those looking to check their pace on-the-go consider a dedicated running watch, instead. Jennifer Ernst Beaudry, USA TODAY, "The Fitbit Charge 4 is our favorite fitness tracker—and it's on sale for an incredible price.," 23 Apr. 2021 Furthermore, the panel did recommend a warning label for the ptoential risk of these blood clots for the vaccine, but didn’t say there should be any restrictions. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The last mile of the immunization campaign approaches," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of recommend was in the 14th century

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4 May 2021

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“Recommend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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