recommend

[ 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.

noun

Informal. a recommendation.

Nearby words

  1. recombinant dna technology,
  2. recombinase,
  3. recombination,
  4. recombine,
  5. recommence,
  6. recommendation,
  7. recommendatory,
  8. recommended daily allowance,
  9. recommended dietary allowance,
  10. recommission

Origin of recommend

1350–1400; Middle English recommenden < Medieval Latin recommendāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + commendāre to commend

Related forms
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recommending


British Dictionary definitions for recommending

recommend

/ (ˌrɛkəˈmɛnd) /

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for recommend

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 recommending

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper