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Definition of recommend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    recommend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recommend
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmend//
     
    he / she / it recommends
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmendz//
     
    past simple recommended
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmendɪd//
     
    past participle recommended
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmendɪd//
     
    -ing form recommending
    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈmendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈmendɪŋ//
     
    Dining out
     
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  1. 1  to tell somebody that something is good or useful, or that somebody 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 post by a colleague. The hotel's new restaurant comes highly recommended (= a lot of people have praised it). See related entries: Dining out
  2. 2  to advise a particular course of action; to advise somebody 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. (British English also) I recommend (that) he should see a lawyer. it is recommended that… It is strongly recommended that the machines should be checked every year. recommend somebody to do something We'd recommend you to book your flight 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? Synonymsrecommendadvise advocate urgeThese words all mean to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation.recommend to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation; to say what you think the price or level of something should be:We’d recommend you to book your flight early. a recommended price of $50 advise to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation:I’d advise you 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 offence 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 offence. Recommend is often used with more positive advice to tell somebody about possible benefits and advise with more negative advice to warn somebody 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/​advocate/​urge that… It is recommended/​advised/​advocated/​urged that… to recommend/​advise/​urge somebody to do something to recommend/​advise/​advocate doing something to strongly recommend/​advise/​advocate somebody/​something Express YourselfAsking for and making a recommendationWhen you need help making a choice, you can ask somebody to give you their view: What would/​do you recommend? What do you think would be best? Which of the options do you favour/​prefer?Responses: I can recommend the steak today. My favourite is the Corner Cafe. I'd recommend waiting a few months. I suggest you have another look at the house before you make a decision. If it were up to me/​If you ask me/​If it were my decision, I'd go for the cheaper one.
  3. 3recommend somebody/something (to somebody) to make somebody/something seem attractive or good synonym commend This system has much to recommend it.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (originally meaning to commend or entrust someone or something to someone): from medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + commendare ‘commit to the care of’.Extra examples Consult a solicitor who is personally recommended to you. Food supplements are sometimes recommended for diabetic patients. Here are a few safeguards I recommend to my clients. I can recommend this book to anyone interested in food. I definitely recommend this film. I would strongly recommend that you get professional advice. In the 1990s, doctors routinely recommended hormone replacement therapy. The commission unanimously recommended the proposal. This book is highly recommended by teachers. Who would you recommend for the job? Your idea has much to recommend it. He described the town as drab with nothing to recommend it. It is strongly recommended that the machines be checked every year. The hotel’s new restaurant comes highly recommended. They were invited to recommend likely candidates for the two new positions. We’d recommend you to book your flight early. a recommended price of $50
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