AskDefine | Define recommend

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1 push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day" [syn: urge, advocate]
2 express a good opinion of [syn: commend]
3 make attractive or acceptable; "Honesty recommends any person"

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  1. to bestow commendation on; to represent favourably; to suggest or encourage as an appropriate choice.
    He recommended resting the mind and exercising the body.
  2. to commit to another's care, confidence, or acceptance, with favoring representations
  3. To make acceptable; to attract favor to.

Usage notes


To commend to the favorable notice of another
To make acceptable; to attract favor to
To commit; to give in charge; to commend

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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