- 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.
- to make a recommendation.
- Informal. a recommendation.
Origin of recommend
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Related Wordsurge, uphold, confirm, propose, advocate, prescribe, back, favor, praise, endorse, justify, suggest, acclaim, sanction, commend, second, laud, enjoin, extol, eulogize
Examples from the Web for recommending
Women need to know that their peers are pushing for them and cheering them on—recommending each other and demanding airtime.Do Women Need to Lean In to Be Experts on Network TV?
Tara D. Sonenshine
May 6, 2014
As a physician, I was trapped by dietary guidelines into recommending low-fat foods.Eating More Fat Could Save Your Life
December 13, 2013
I had turned down offers in the past, recommending certain peers who wanted mainstream parts.James Deen: My Experience Making ‘The Canyons’
February 19, 2013
Back then, the jury presented three finalists along with recommending one winner.Inside the Pulitzer Fiction Snub
April 17, 2012
His followers reacted quickly, alerting the Secretary that his account was going crazy, and recommending ways he could fix it.The Race to Save Twitter
September 21, 2010
Mrs. Symes was recommending one of them to me only the other day.The Incomplete Amorist
It was the one which the general's coachman had handed to him, recommending me to his care.
I am recommending you to the care of the station-master, the Commandant X.
Is that what Madame de Melbain has been recommending you to do?The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
I need a little of that rest you were just recommending me to take.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- (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
Word Origin and History for recommending
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.