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recommend

[rek-uh-mend] /ˌrɛk əˈmɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to present as worthy of confidence, acceptance, use, etc.; commend; mention favorably:
to recommend an applicant for a job; to recommend a book.
2.
to represent or urge as advisable or expedient:
to recommend caution.
3.
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.
4.
to make desirable or attractive:
a plan that has very little to recommend it.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a recommendation.
noun
6.
Informal. a recommendation.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. approve, condone. 3. counsel.
Antonyms
1. condemn.
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Examples 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/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
recommendable, adjective
recommender, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin re- + commendāre to commend
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Word Origin and History for recommend
v.

late 14c., "praise, present as worthy," from Medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, or else from a sense now obscure (see re-), + commendare "commit to one's care, commend" (see commend). Meaning "advise as to action, urge (that something be done)" is from 1746. Related: Recommended; recommending.

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