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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.]

rec′om·mend′a·ble adj.
rec′om·mend′er n.
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vb (tr)
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]
ˌrecomˈmendable adj
ˌrecomˈmendably adv
ˌrecomˈmender n
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(ˌrɛk əˈmɛnd)
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.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin recommendāre= Latin re- re- + commendāre to commend]
rec`om•mend′a•ble, adj.
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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'.

Be Careful!
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
Gerund: recommending

I recommend
you recommend
he/she/it recommends
we recommend
you recommend
they recommend
I recommended
you recommended
he/she/it recommended
we recommended
you recommended
they recommended
Present Continuous
I am recommending
you are recommending
he/she/it is recommending
we are recommending
you are recommending
they are recommending
Present Perfect
I have recommended
you have recommended
he/she/it has recommended
we have recommended
you have recommended
they have recommended
Past Continuous
I was recommending
you were recommending
he/she/it was recommending
we were recommending
you were recommending
they were recommending
Past Perfect
I had recommended
you had recommended
he/she/it had recommended
we had recommended
you had recommended
they had recommended
I will recommend
you will recommend
he/she/it will recommend
we will recommend
you will recommend
they will recommend
Future Perfect
I will have recommended
you will have recommended
he/she/it will have recommended
we will have recommended
you will have recommended
they will have recommended
Future Continuous
I will be recommending
you will be recommending
he/she/it will be recommending
we will be recommending
you will be recommending
they will be recommending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been recommending
you have been recommending
he/she/it has been recommending
we have been recommending
you have been recommending
they have been recommending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been recommending
you will have been recommending
he/she/it will have been recommending
we will have been recommending
you will have been recommending
they will have been recommending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been recommending
you had been recommending
he/she/it had been recommending
we had been recommending
you had been recommending
they had been recommending
I would recommend
you would recommend
he/she/it would recommend
we would recommend
you would recommend
they would recommend
Past Conditional
I would have recommended
you would have recommended
he/she/it would have recommended
we would have recommended
you would have recommended
they would have recommended
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recommend - push for somethingrecommend - push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"
propose, suggest, advise - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
2.recommend - express a good opinion of
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
3.recommend - make attractive or acceptable; "Honesty recommends any person"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
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1. advocate, suggest, propose, approve, endorse, prescribe, commend Ask your doctor to recommend a suitable treatment.
advocate reject, veto, disapprove of, argue against
2. put forward, approve, put up, endorse, commend, vouch for, praise, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), speak well of, put in a good word for He recommended me for a promotion.
3. advise, suggest, advance, propose, urge, counsel, advocate, prescribe, put forward, exhort, enjoin I recommend that you consult your doctor.
4. make attractive, make interesting, make appealing, make acceptable These qualities recommended him to Olivier.
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1. To aid the cause of by approving or favoring:
Idioms: align oneself with, go to bat for, take the part of.
2. To give recommendations to (someone) about a decision or course of action:
Informal: mentor.
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[ˌrekəˈmend] VT
1. (= advocate, speak well of) → recomendar
to recommend sb for a jobrecomendar a algn para un trabajo
she comes highly recommended (by Anne)viene muy bien recomendada (por Anne)
I don't recommend the pizzano recomiendo la pizza
the town has much/little to recommend itel pueblo tiene mucho/poco atractivo
2. (= advise) → recomendar, aconsejar
what do you recommend for a sore throat?¿qué recomienda para el dolor de garganta?
the recommended daily intake isel consumo diario recomendado or aconsejado es ...
this method is not to be recommendedeste método no es nada recomendable or aconsejable
to recommend doing sthrecomendar or aconsejar hacer algo
the doctor recommended that he (should) stay in bedel médico le recomendó or aconsejó que guardara cama
to recommend sb to do sthrecomendar or aconsejar a algn hacer algo or que haga algo
I would recommend against going on your ownle recomendaría or aconsejaría no ir solo or que no fuera solo
recommended retail priceprecio m de venta al público recomendado
3. (frm) (= commit) [+ person, soul] → encomendar
I recommend him to your keepingse lo encomiendo
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[ˌrɛkəˈmɛnd] vt
(= commend) [+ person] → recommander; [+ book, film, hotel, place] → conseiller, recommander
What do you recommend? → Qu'est-ce que vous me conseillez?
to recommend sb for promotion → recommander la candidature de qn pour une promotion
(= favour)
She has a lot to recommend her → Elle a beaucoup de choses en sa faveur.
This biography has much to recommend it → Cette biographie a beaucoup de qualités.
This site has little to recommend it → Cet emplacement a peu à offrir.
(= advise) [+ action, changes, treatment] → conseiller, recommander
it is recommended that ... → il est conseillé de ..., il est recommandé de ...
It is recommended that you should consult your doctor → Il est conseillé de consulter votre médecin., Il est recommandé de consulter votre médecin.
It was recommended that he serve 20 years → Il a été conseillé qu'il purge vingt ans., Il a été recommandé qu'il purge vingt ans.
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(= advise, speak well of)empfehlen (as als); what do you recommend for a cough?was empfehlen or raten Sie gegen Husten?; to recommend somebody/something to somebodyjdm jdn/etw empfehlen; to recommend doing somethingempfehlen, etw zu tun; it is not to be recommendedes ist nicht zu empfehlen; to come highly recommendedwärmstens empfohlen sein; recommended speedRichtgeschwindigkeit f; recommended readingempfohlene Lektüre; recommended daily allowance or amountempfohlene Tagesdosis or Tagesmenge
(= make acceptable)sprechen für; she has much/little to recommend heres spricht sehr viel/wenig für sie; his manners do little to recommend himseine Manieren sind nicht gerade eine Empfehlung für ihn; this book has little/a great deal to recommend itdas Buch ist nicht gerade empfehlenswert/sehr empfehlenswert
(old, liter: = entrust) child, one’s soulempfehlen (to sb jdm)
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[ˌrɛkəˈmɛnd] vt (course of action) → consigliare; (product, doctor) → raccomandare, consigliare; (person, for job) → raccomandare
I recommend that he sees a doctor (frm) → gli consiglierei di vedere un medico
to recommend sb for sth → raccomandare qn per qc
she has a lot to recommend her → ha molti elementi a suo favore
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(rekəˈmend) verb
1. to advise. The doctor recommended a long holiday.
2. to suggest as being particularly good, particularly suitable etc. He recommended her (to me) for the job.
ˌrecommenˈdation noun
1. the act of recommending. I gave her the job on his recommendation.
2. something recommended. The recommendations of the committee.
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يُوصي ب doporučit anbefale empfehlen συνιστώ recomendar suositella recommander preporučiti raccomandare 勧める 추천하다 aanbevelen anbefale polecić recomendar рекомендовать rekommendera แนะนำ öneride bulunmak khuyến nghị 推荐
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v. recomendar; aconsejar.
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vt recomendar
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References in classic literature ?
On the contrary, I declare, that to recommend goodness and innocence hath been my sincere endeavour in this history.
The fact is, I wouldn't recommend any friend of mine to send a boy to a regular school, if he could afford to do better.
Luker's position presuming to recommend anybody to me, took me so completely by surprise, that I sat silent for the moment, wondering whether my own eyes had not deceived me.
With an alacrity beyond the common impulse of a spirit which yet was never indifferent to the credit of doing every thing well and attentively, with the real goodwill of a mind delighted with its own ideas, did she then do all the honours of the meal, and help and recommend the minced chicken and scalloped oysters, with an urgency which she knew would be acceptable to the early hours and civil scruples of their guests.
One night in the chapel, after the usual chapel exercises were over, General Armstrong referred to the fact that he had received a letter from some gentlemen in Alabama asking him to recommend some one to take charge of what was to be a normal school for the coloured people in the little town of Tuskegee in that state.
By comparison with such superstitions as these, even the Second Sight has something--in the shape of poetry--to recommend it, surely?
I am glad to find Miss Vernon does not accompany her mother to Churchhill, as she has not even manners to recommend her; and, according to Mr.
If you have any means of access in the direction of the wife's family, we strongly recommend you to make use of them.
"Elizabeth Bennet," said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, "is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own; and with many men, I dare say, it succeeds.
"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
(2) We do not recommend boarding-houses or hotels in this column.
The advocates for the stage have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civilised and in the most religious government; namely, that they are applied to virtuous purposes, and that by the most lively representations, they fail not to recommend virtue and generous principles, and to discourage and expose all sorts of vice and corruption of manners; and were it true that they did so, and that they constantly adhered to that rule, as the test of their acting on the theatre, much might be said in their favour.