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recommend

[rek-uh-mend]
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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)
  1. to make a recommendation.
noun
  1. Informal. a recommendation.

Origin of recommend

1350–1400; Middle English recommenden < Medieval Latin recommendāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + commendāre to commend
Related formsrec·om·mend·a·ble, adjectiverec·om·mend·er, nounpre·rec·om·mend, verb (used with object)un·rec·om·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·rec·om·mend·ed, adjectivewell-rec·om·mend·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. approve, condone. 3. counsel.

Antonyms

1. condemn.
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Examples from the Web for recommendable

Historical Examples

  • Moreover, he was often weakly in health, as she herself adds; so that exertion was not recommendable for him.

    History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Volume IV. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Only patience is recommendable, and always love, and plenty of it, for the young sons and daughters.

    A Word to Women

    Mrs. C. E. Humphry


British Dictionary definitions for recommendable

recommend

verb (tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to advise as the best course or choice; counselto recommend prudence
  2. to praise or commendto recommend a new book
  3. to make attractive or advisablethe trip has little to recommend it
  4. archaic to entrust (a person or thing) to someone else's care; commend
Derived Formsrecommendable, adjectiverecommender, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin re- + commendāre to commend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for recommendable

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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