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Syllabification: rec·om·mend
Pronunciation: /ˌrekəˈmend

Definition of recommend in English:


[with object]
1Put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role: George had recommended some local architects a book I recommended to a friend of mine
More example sentences
  • She was recommended to us by one of her friends, who also minded our children.
  • I know the practice has worked for a lot of people, and it was highly recommended to me.
  • It is recommended to anyone with an interest in the Second World War or the American Army.
advocate, endorse, commend, suggest, put forward, propose, nominate, put up;
speak favorably of, speak well of, put in a good word for, vouch for
informal plug
1.1Advise or suggest (something) as a course of action: some doctors recommend putting a board under the mattress [with clause]: the report recommended that criminal charges be brought
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  • A report recommends members urge the Post Office to keep the branch open saying it provides a vital service for residents who may have problems accessing the main post office in the town centre.
  • Now a York Council working party is recommending demolition and suggests the land could be landscaped or used for affordable homes.
  • But the report also recommends the abolition of call-out charges for things like chimney fires.
advise, counsel, urge, exhort, enjoin, prescribe, argue for, back, support;
suggest, advocate, propose
1.2 [with object and infinitive] Advise (someone) to do something: you are strongly recommended to seek professional advice
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  • I would strongly recommend readers not to take his words too seriously!
  • On the other hand, I strongly recommend anyone interested to give it a try.
  • We strongly recommend you girls out there to treat yourself to something nice for Christmas.
1.3Make (someone or something) appealing or desirable: the house had much to recommend it
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  • His critique of the corporatization of politics has much to recommend it.
have in one's favor, give an advantage to
informal have going for one
2 (recommend someone/something to) archaic Commend or entrust someone or something to (someone): I devoutly recommended my spirit to its maker


late Middle English (sense 2): from medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + commendare 'commit to the care of'.



Example sentences
  • So, besides being expensive, it is not recommendable to eat euro notes.
  • The high quality of this concert and the limited seating facilities of the venue make early booking extremely recommendable.
  • Computer science students, IT consultants and business managers will find valuable material in this highly recommendable book.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmendəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • At the next level, the treaty may authorize the parties' delegates to pass advisory or recommendatory resolutions.
  • Despite Cullen's accusations, the Waitangi Tribunal seem very clear about their place in the order of things, acknowledging that their ‘jurisdiction is recommendatory only, and that the power to govern resides with the Government.’
  • While the Committee only has recommendatory powers, and the Australian government rarely responds positively to its recommendations, it remains the last legal avenue for redressing a breach of human rights in Australia.


Example sentences
  • ‘I don't have a biosafety report for my lab, nor do I have three recommenders,’ he complained in an e-mail dated February 29, 2004, to a friend in the human genetics department.
  • Of course, I'm also indebted to him as he was one of my law school recommenders, but I can speak for many Harvard grads when saying that he was universally well liked in addition to receiving universal respect.
  • He also has some interesting ideas about what book-club recommenders can teach arts programming professionals.

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