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From Middle English recommenden, from Old French recommender (compare French recommander), from Latin re- + commendāre (to commend, commit; to recommend), from con- +‎ mandāre (commit, intrust, enjoin), from manus (hand, handwriting, power) +‎ dare (to give; to offer or render).

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recommend (third-person singular simple present recommends, present participle recommending, simple past and past participle recommended)

  1. (transitive) To bestow commendation on; to represent favourably; to suggest, endorse or encourage as an appropriate choice.
    The board recommends Philips, given his ample experience in similar positions.
  2. (transitive) To make acceptable; to attract favor to.
    A city that has much to recommend it.
  3. (transitive) To advise, propose, counsel favorably
    The therapist recommends resting the mind and exercising the body.
    My therapist recommended that I rest the mind and exercise the body.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To commit, confide to another's care, confidence or acceptance, with favoring representations
    A medieval oblate's parents recommended the boy for life to God and the monastery.

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  1. Alternative form of recommenden