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

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 This is true whether the mold or the spores are dead or alive, which is why the EPA does not generally recommend using chlorine bleach or other biocides as part of mold cleanup. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The group of lawmakers and district leaders did not recommend an outright increase in how much money schools get per student through the SEEK formula. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2021 Ziemssen does not recommend changing the dosing of MS treatment to improve the vaccine response. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2021 General Said found no violations of law and did not recommend any disciplinary action. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 The work group did not recommend building a new landfill site elsewhere. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 5 Nov. 2021 The American Cancer Society doesn’t recommend them anymore. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2021 Said did not recommend sanctions for those involved, but commanders, who received the full report Monday, have the option of deciding on any discipline or accountability actions. NBC News, 3 Nov. 2021 While you may be tempted to use a salt substitute, Rossi doesn't recommend it. Hallie Levine, Health.com, 1 Nov. 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 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for recommend

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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