Definition of recommend in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘We strongly recommend the Olive Branch for lunch, whether you are in a hurry or not.’
    • ‘The school was recommended to King Hussein by an old friend, the former headmaster of Harrow.’
    • ‘I know the practice has worked for a lot of people, and it was highly recommended to me.’
    • ‘All three are recommended to skiers of up to intermediate standard.’
    • ‘The book is recommended to anyone for its portrayal of a unique and courageous intellectual life.’
    • ‘I lost count of the number of times this band was earnestly recommended to me, in reverential tones.’
    • ‘This disc is highly recommended to all of those who already know and enjoy Liebermann's music.’
    • ‘It is understood the Manchester firm was recommended to him earlier this year by another inmate at the prison.’
    • ‘It was recommended to us, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.’
    • ‘This book is recommended to almost anyone, but mostly to those who like murder mysteries.’
    • ‘If the product were in fact a cure, it would be widely reported in the media and your doctor would recommend it.’
    • ‘Then there was the accounting firm, which had come strongly recommended by the bank.’
    • ‘This book was recommended to me by none other than my pen pal.’
    • ‘However, Hughes's choice was recommended to the King by the British Secretary of State.’
    • ‘If a health professional recommends St. John's wort, it's worth a try.’
    • ‘At present judges are in effect selected by the Lord Chancellor, who recommends appointments to the Queen.’
    • ‘One of my professors recommended me for an internship and now I have a permanent job at the company.’
    • ‘In summary, this is an excellent volume that I recommend without reservation to biologists in all disciplines.’
    • ‘She was recommended to us by one of her friends, who also minded our children.’
    • ‘The applicants must also present menus to customers, as well as suggest and recommend sumptuous items.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 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’
      ‘the recommended daily intake of vitamins’
      • ‘The report recommends a cut in the number of full-time paid staff.’
      • ‘The report also recommends driver training in first aid, stricter guidelines on bus quality and suitable supervision of pupils both on the bus and when they have left the bus.’
      • ‘A spokesman merely recommended any worried policy-holders should seek professional advice.’
      • ‘For those reasons, we strongly recommend that all water systems be metered and monitored.’
      • ‘Now a York Council working party is recommending demolition and suggests the land could be landscaped or used for affordable homes.’
      • ‘The report also recommends the establishment of a drugs-free hostel to aid drug users who have completed detox or rehabilitation programmes but remain homeless.’
      • ‘The report also recommends the provision of 1,250 new homes at sites on the west side of the town, although those sites have not been identified.’
      • ‘In her report she recommends a radical change in the make-up of the new board.’
      • ‘In addition, we strongly recommend better monitoring of all detainees.’
      • ‘But the report also recommends the abolition of call-out charges for things like chimney fires.’
      • ‘His report recommends caution, saying that doctors currently lack sufficient expertise and that their roles remain unclear.’
      • ‘Regular physical activity is recommended to maintain, lose, or prevent gradual weight gain.’
      • ‘I strongly recommend reading it yourself to make your own judgement about what it says.’
      • ‘The report recommends the introduction of guidelines to ensure that any element of religious motivation or hatred is fully recorded in police reports and is brought before the courts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would strongly recommend that you employ the services of a qualified professional as this is not really a DIY job.’
      • ‘I strongly recommend that everybody treat themselves to a nice evening out once in a while.’
      • ‘The report also recommends national standards for cleanliness in hospitals be developed to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections.’
      • ‘Places at Leeds are limited, so early application is recommended to avoid disappointment.’
      • ‘The report recommends engagement through free trade and allowing private citizens to travel freely between the two countries.’
      advise, counsel, urge, exhort, enjoin, prescribe, speak in favour of, speak for, argue for, back, support, offer as one's opinion
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    2. 1.2[with object and infinitive]Advise (someone) to do something.
      ‘you are strongly recommended to seek professional advice’
      • ‘Keighley Area Planning Panel, which meets on Thursday, is being recommended to approve the scheme.’
      • ‘Tourists are recommended to stay a week rather than returning on the same day.’
      • ‘A detailed planning application with amendments will be considered by the Council's regulatory and appeals committee tomorrow and officers are recommending councillors to support it.’
      • ‘Despite objections from a number of local residents, the committee is being recommended to approve the proposals.’
      • ‘Customers are recommended to consider these regional features when ordering.’
      • ‘Councillors are recommended to approve plans for four new units at the shopping centre at a meeting tonight.’
      • ‘But Scarborough councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme at a planning meeting on Tuesday.’
      • ‘Borough councillors have been recommended to approve the proposal when they meet today.’
      • ‘Ryedale Council is being recommended to approve the scheme next Monday.’
      • ‘On the other hand, I strongly recommend anyone interested to give it a try.’
      • ‘I would strongly recommend readers not to take his words too seriously!’
      • ‘We are often recommended to go to this site to get the real facts.’
      • ‘People with allergies to eggs and those who have had serious reactions to vaccines in previous years are recommended to not be vaccinated.’
      • ‘Councillors are being recommended to approve a pilot scheme to operate at weekends and bank holidays from June to September.’
      • ‘Fans of great dialogue and spirited acting are recommended to check this film out.’
      • ‘The executive is recommended to approve the demolition proposals at tonight's meeting.’
      • ‘Councillors are recommended to approve both outline applications.’
      • ‘But Scarborough councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme next Tuesday.’
      • ‘Members of the central area planning committee will discuss the application on Thursday and have been recommended to approve it.’
      • ‘We strongly recommend you girls out there to treat yourself to something nice for Christmas.’
      • ‘Scarborough councillors are being recommended to grant approval on Wednesday.’
    3. 1.3Make (someone or something) appealing or desirable.
      ‘the house had much to recommend it’
      • ‘His critique of the corporatization of politics has much to recommend it.’
      have in one's favour, render appealing, render attractive, render desirable, endow with appeal, endow with attraction, give an advantage to
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  • 2archaic Commend or entrust someone or something to (someone)

    ‘I devoutly recommended my spirit to its maker’


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