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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

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1. approve, condone. 3. counsel.

Antonyms

1. condemn.
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well-recommended

adjective (well recommended when postpositive)
  1. highly praised or commendeda popular and well-recommended book

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
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Word Origin and History for well-recommended

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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