[rek-uh-mend] /ˌrɛk əˈmɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to present as worthy of confidence, acceptance, use, etc.; commend; mention favorably:
"to recommend an applicant for a job; to recommend a book."
to represent or urge as advisable or expedient:
"to recommend caution."
to advise, as an alternative; suggest (a choice, course of action, etc.) as appropriate, beneficial, or the like:
"He recommended the blue-plate special. The doctor recommended special exercises for her."
to make desirable or attractive:
"a plan that has very little to recommend it."
verb (used without object)
to make a recommendation.
Informal. a recommendation.
1350–1400; Middle English recommenden < Medieval Latin recommendāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + commendāre to commend
Related forms
recommendable, adjective
recommender, noun
prerecommend, verb (used with object)
unrecommendable, adjective
unrecommended, adjective
well-recommended, adjective
1. approve, condone. 3. counsel.
1. condemn.
Example Sentences for recommend
Would definitely recommend this one to family and friends.
Experienced plant sale veterans recommend arriving early for the best selection.
We recommend having the watch battery replaced by a jeweler, as it is intentionally difficult to remove the back.
We've seen both acts live on more than one occasion, and can recommend both.
But even with the lack of moonlight, experts recommend getting out of light-filled cities for the best view.
We recommend using a personal flotation device while boating.
Organic farming has a long list of benefits to recommend it.
Although doctors recommend regular exercise to maintain a healthy heart, long-term athletic training comes with risks.
The panel is expected to recommend a general strategy soon.
Nonetheless, they recommend more use of drought-resistant crops and improved water management.
British Dictionary definitions for recommend
recommend (ˌrɛkəˈmɛnd)
1.  (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to advise as the best course or choice; counsel: to recommend prudence
2.  to praise or commend: to recommend a new book
3.  to make attractive or advisable: the trip has little to recommend it
4.  archaic to entrust (a person or thing) to someone else's care; commend
[C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin re- + commendāre to commend]

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Word Origin and History for recommend
late 14c., "praise, present as worthy," from M.L. recommendare (early 13c.), from L. re-, intensive prefix, + commendare "commit to one's care, commend" (see commend).
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