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Definition of recommend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recommend
    he / she / it recommends
    past simple recommended
    -ing form recommending
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  1. 1to tell someone that something is good or useful, or that someone would be suitable for a particular job, etc. recommend somebody/something Can you recommend a good hotel? recommend somebody/something (to somebody) (for/as something) I recommend the book to all my students. She was recommended for the job by a colleague. The hotel's new restaurant comes highly recommended (= a lot of people have praised it).
  2. 2to advise a particular course of action; to advise someone to do something recommend something The report recommended a 10% pay increase. It is dangerous to exceed the recommended dose. a recommended price of $50 recommend (that)… I recommend (that) he see a lawyer. it is recommended that… It is strongly recommended that the machines be checked every year. recommend somebody to do something Passengers are recommended to arrive at the airport early. recommend (somebody) doing something He recommended reading the book before seeing the movie. recommend how, what, etc… Can you recommend how much we should charge?
  3. 3recommend somebody/something (to somebody) to make someone or something seem attractive or good synonym commend This system has much to recommend it. Thesaurusrecommendadvise advocate urgeThese words all mean to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation.recommend to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be:We recommend that you buy your tickets early. a recommended price of $50advise to tell someone what you think they should do in a particular situation:She advised me not to tell him.recommend or advise?Advise is a stronger word than recommend and is often used when the person giving the advice is in a position of authority:Police are advising fans without tickets to stay away. Police are recommending fans without tickets to stay away.I advise you… can suggest that you know better than the person you are advising: this may cause offense if they are your equal or senior to you. I recommend… mainly suggests that you are trying to be helpful and is less likely to cause offense. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell someone about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn someone about possible dangers:He advised reading the book before seeing the movie. I would recommend against going out on your own.advocate (formal) to support or recommend something publicly:The group does not advocate the use of violence.urge (formal) to recommend something strongly:The situation is dangerous, and the UN is urging caution.Patterns to recommend/advise/urge that… It is recommended/advised >that…> to advise/urge somebody to do something to strongly recommend/advise/advocate somebody/something
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