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

recommendable, adjective
recommender, noun
prerecommend, verb (used with object)
unrecommendable, adjective
unrecommended, adjective
well-recommended, adjective

1. approve, condone. 3. counsel.

1. condemn. Unabridged
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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 & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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