Definition of recommend in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛkəˈmɛnd/


[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, approve, suggest, put forward, propose, advance, nominate, put up, mention;
speak favourably of, speak well of, put in a good word for, beat the drum for, vouch for, look with favour on
informal push, plug
British informal big something up
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 (as adjective recommended) the recommended daily intake of vitamins
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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, speak in favour of, speak for, argue for, back, support, offer as one's opinion;
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
More example sentences
  • His critique of the corporatization of politics has much to recommend it.
have in one's favour, render appealing/attractive/desirable, endow with appeal/attraction, give an advantage to
informal have going for one
2 (recommend someone/thing to) archaic Commend or entrust someone or something to (someone): I devoutly recommended my spirit to its maker



Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkəˈmɛndəb(ə)l/
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: /rɛkəˈmɛndət(ə)ri/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkəˈmɛndə/
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.


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

  • commando from early 19th century:

    In early use commando was a word for an armed unit of Boer horsemen in South Africa. During the Second World War the name was adopted to describe troops specially trained to repel the threatened German invasion of England. The word came into English from Portuguese, but is based on Latin commandare ‘to command’ from com- (giving emphasis) and mandare ‘commit, command, entrust’. To go commando is to wear no underpants, said to be common among commandos. This curious phrase dates back to the 1980s and probably originated as American college slang, although it was popularized by its use in an episode of the 1990s TV comedy Friends. Also from South Africa and the same period is commandeer from Afrikaans. Command itself came into use in Middle English, taken from the Latin via French. From the same root come remand (Late Middle English) ‘command back’; commend (Middle English), formed in the same way as command, but with the sense ‘entrust’ and recommend (Late Middle English); and demand (Middle English) ‘command formally’.

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