Definition of recommend in US 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’
    • ‘I lost count of the number of times this band was earnestly recommended to me, in reverential tones.’
    • ‘I know the practice has worked for a lot of people, and it was highly recommended to me.’
    • ‘This book was recommended to me by none other than my pen pal.’
    • ‘In summary, this is an excellent volume that I recommend without reservation to biologists in all disciplines.’
    • ‘This disc is highly recommended to all of those who already know and enjoy Liebermann's music.’
    • ‘We strongly recommend the Olive Branch for lunch, whether you are in a hurry or not.’
    • ‘It is recommended to anyone with an interest in the Second World War or the American Army.’
    • ‘If a health professional recommends St. John's wort, it's worth a try.’
    • ‘One of my professors recommended me for an internship and now I have a permanent job at the company.’
    • ‘It is understood the Manchester firm was recommended to him earlier this year by another inmate at the prison.’
    • ‘However, Hughes's choice was recommended to the King by the British Secretary of State.’
    • ‘The book is recommended to anyone for its portrayal of a unique and courageous intellectual life.’
    • ‘Then there was the accounting firm, which had come strongly recommended by the bank.’
    • ‘She was recommended to us by one of her friends, who also minded our children.’
    • ‘At present judges are in effect selected by the Lord Chancellor, who recommends appointments to the Queen.’
    • ‘The applicants must also present menus to customers, as well as suggest and recommend sumptuous items.’
    • ‘All three are recommended to skiers of up to intermediate standard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was recommended to us, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.’
    • ‘The school was recommended to King Hussein by an old friend, the former headmaster of Harrow.’
    advocate, endorse, commend, approve, suggest, put forward, propose, advance, nominate, put up, mention
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    1. 1.1 Advise 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 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.’
      • ‘Regular physical activity is recommended to maintain, lose, or prevent gradual weight gain.’
      • ‘For those reasons, we strongly recommend that all water systems be metered and monitored.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The report recommends engagement through free trade and allowing private citizens to travel freely between the two countries.’
      • ‘I would strongly recommend that you employ the services of a qualified professional as this is not really a DIY job.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the report also recommends the abolition of call-out charges for things like chimney fires.’
      • ‘In her report she recommends a radical change in the make-up of the new board.’
      • ‘The report also recommends national standards for cleanliness in hospitals be developed to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections.’
      • ‘I strongly recommend reading it yourself to make your own judgement about what it says.’
      • ‘A spokesman merely recommended any worried policy-holders should seek professional advice.’
      • ‘I strongly recommend that everybody treat themselves to a nice evening out once in a while.’
      • ‘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 addition, we strongly recommend better monitoring of all detainees.’
      • ‘The report recommends a cut in the number of full-time paid staff.’
      • ‘Places at Leeds are limited, so early application is recommended to avoid disappointment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His report recommends caution, saying that doctors currently lack sufficient expertise and that their roles remain unclear.’
      • ‘Now a York Council working party is recommending demolition and suggests the land could be landscaped or used for affordable homes.’
      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. 1.2with object and infinitive Advise (someone) to do something.
      ‘you are strongly recommended to seek professional advice’
      • ‘Scarborough councillors are being recommended to grant approval on Wednesday.’
      • ‘Councillors are recommended to approve plans for four new units at the shopping centre at a meeting tonight.’
      • ‘I would strongly recommend readers not to take his words too seriously!’
      • ‘Fans of great dialogue and spirited acting are recommended to check this film out.’
      • ‘We strongly recommend you girls out there to treat yourself to something nice for Christmas.’
      • ‘Members of the central area planning committee will discuss the application on Thursday and have been recommended to approve it.’
      • ‘But Scarborough councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme next Tuesday.’
      • ‘But Scarborough councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme at a planning meeting on Tuesday.’
      • ‘Ryedale Council is being recommended to approve the scheme next Monday.’
      • ‘Customers are recommended to consider these regional features when ordering.’
      • ‘Despite objections from a number of local residents, the committee is being recommended to approve the proposals.’
      • ‘On the other hand, I strongly recommend anyone interested to give it a try.’
      • ‘Councillors are being recommended to approve a pilot scheme to operate at weekends and bank holidays from June to September.’
      • ‘Borough councillors have been recommended to approve the proposal when they meet today.’
      • ‘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 recommended to approve both outline applications.’
      • ‘Tourists are recommended to stay a week rather than returning on the same day.’
      • ‘The executive is recommended to approve the demolition proposals at tonight's meeting.’
      • ‘Keighley Area Planning Panel, which meets on Thursday, is being recommended to approve the scheme.’
      • ‘We are often recommended to go to this site to get the real facts.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 Make (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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  • 2recommend someone/something toarchaic Commend or entrust someone or something to (someone)

    ‘I devoutly recommended my spirit to its maker’


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