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[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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recommends
  • Miller recommends this as a great way to serve leftover steak.
  • Whoever recommends any moral virtues, really does no more than is implied in the terms themselves.
  • The saint recommends to the new believers to keep the mysteries secret.
  • He recommends them to me: he even adds, as though by way of a spur to me, that he has gone surety for them to a large amount.
  • But not for the reason he offers, and not to make way for the alternative he recommends.
  • The site tracks when students do choose alternatives and recommends price cuts to store managers.
  • The federation recommends that universities avoid the suite entirely until all barrier issues are resolved.
  • The report also recommends that the competencies be periodically reviewed and updated.
  • The report also recommends better shading for cocoa plants, access to new varieties of seeds and better prevention of brush fires.
  • The report recommends investing more money in conserving land in buffer zones around public water supplies.
British Dictionary definitions for recommends


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to advise as the best course or choice; counsel: to recommend prudence
to praise or commend: to recommend a new book
to make attractive or advisable: the trip has little to recommend it
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for recommends



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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