v. rec·om·mend·ed, rec·om·mend·ing, rec·om·mends
1. To praise or commend to another as being worthy or desirable; endorse: recommended him for the job; recommended a car instead of an SUV.
2. To make attractive or acceptable: This book has much to recommend it.
3. To advise or counsel: She recommended that we be on time.
4. To commit to the charge of another; entrust: “By these our letters we would have the safety of his person … recommended to your care” (John Milton).
To give advice or counsel: “recommended against signing an international agreement” (Time).
[Middle English recomenden, from Medieval Latin recommendāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin commendāre, to entrust, commend; see commend.]
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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.
3. to make attractive or advisable: the trip has little to recommend it.
4. archaic to entrust (a person or thing) to someone else’s care; commend
[C14: via Medieval Latin from Latin re- + commendāre to commend]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to present as worthy of confidence, acceptance, or use; commend.
2. to urge or suggest as appropriate, satisfying, or beneficial: to recommend a special diet.
3. to make desirable or attractive: The plan has little to recommend it.
4. to make a recommendation.
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If you recommend someone or something, you praise them and advise other people to use them or buy them.
I asked my friends to recommend a doctor who is good with children.
We strongly recommend the publications listed on the back page of this leaflet.
You can say that you recommend someone or something for a particular job or purpose.
Nell was recommended for a job as a cleaner.
I recommend running for strengthening your leg muscles.
If you recommend a particular action, you say that it is the best thing to do in the circumstances.
They recommended a merger of the two biggest supermarket groups.
The doctor may recommend limiting the amount of fat in your diet.
You can recommend that someone does something or recommend that someone should do something.
Waugh was examined by a doctor who recommended that he see an orthopaedic surgeon.
It is strongly recommended that you should attend this course if possible.
You can also recommend someone to do something.
Although they have eight children, they do not recommend other couples to have families of this size.
Some people consider this use to be incorrect, and say that you should say ‘Although they have eight children, they do not recommend that other couples should have families of this size’.
Don’t say that you ‘recommend someone’ a particular action. Don’t say, for example, ‘I recommend you a visit to Paris‘. Say ‘I recommend a visit to Paris’, ‘I recommend visiting Paris’, or ‘I recommend that you visit Paris’.
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Past participle: recommended
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