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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a recommendation.
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  1. Informal. a recommendation.
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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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Related Words

urge, uphold, confirm, propose, advocate, prescribe, back, favor, praise, endorse, justify, suggest, acclaim, sanction, commend, second, laud, enjoin, extol, eulogize

Examples from the Web for recommend

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Historical Examples

  • Having a partiality for Robert, this was not likely to recommend his enemy in her eyes.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I recommend to you one of the soberest, yet politest, men in England—'

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Recommend him a day or two in the country, for the good of his health and our happiness.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • He thought of his past life; there was not one thing to recommend him to God.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • I recommend to you, my dear lady, to give yourself no uneasiness.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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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 recommend


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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