[ rek-uh-mend ]
See synonyms for: recommendrecommendedrecommendingrecommends on

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.

  1. 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.

  2. to make desirable or attractive: a plan that has very little to recommend it.

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

  1. Informal. a recommendation.

Origin of recommend

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English recommenden, from Medieval Latin recommendāre; equivalent to re- + commend

Other words for recommend

Opposites for recommend

Other words from recommend

  • rec·om·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • rec·om·mend·er, noun
  • pre·rec·om·mend, verb (used with object)
  • un·rec·om·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • un·rec·om·mend·ed, adjective
  • well-rec·om·mend·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recommend in a sentence

  • Mr Moffat was a young man of very large fortune, in Parliament, inclined to business, and in every way recommendable.

    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope
  • In summer is Muiderberg by its situation at the Zuiderzee a favourite little spot and very recommendable for nervous people.

    A Wanderer in Holland | E. V. Lucas
  • 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
  • There will be contradictions enough to settle: caution, silence, every kind of prudence will be much recommendable.

  • We think we should be so, especially as the author is in many respects recommendable.

British Dictionary definitions for 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

  1. to make attractive or advisable: the trip has little to recommend it

  2. archaic to entrust (a person or thing) to someone else's care; commend

Origin of recommend

C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin re- + commendāre to commend

Derived forms of recommend

  • recommendable, adjective
  • recommender, noun

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