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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To praise or commend (one) to another as being worthy or desirable; endorse: recommended him for the job; recommended a car instead of an SUV.
  • transitive v. To make (the possessor, as of an attribute) attractive or acceptable: Honesty recommends any person.
  • transitive v. To commit to the charge of another; entrust.
  • transitive v. To advise or counsel: She recommended that we be on time. See Synonyms at advise.
  • intransitive v. To give advice or counsel: "recommended against signing an international agreement” ( Time).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bestow commendation on; to represent favourably; to suggest, endorse or encourage as an appropriate choice.
  • v. To make acceptable; to attract favor to.
  • v. To advise, propose, counsel favorably
  • v. To commit, confide to another's care, confidence or acceptance, with favoring representations

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To commend to the favorable notice of another; to commit to another's care, confidence, or acceptance, with favoring representations; to put in a favorable light before any one; to bestow commendation on.
  • transitive v. To make acceptable; to attract favor to.
  • transitive v. To commit; to give in charge; to commend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To commend to another's notice; put in a favorable light before another; commend or give favorable representations of; bring under one's notice as likely to be of service.
  • To make acceptable; attract favor to.
  • To commit or intrust, as in prayer.
  • To advise, as to an action, practice, measure, remedy, or the like; advise (that something be done).
  • To give or commit in kindness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. push for something
  • v. make attractive or acceptable
  • v. express a good opinion of

Etymologies

Middle English recomenden, from Medieval Latin recommendāre : Latin re-, re- + Latin commendāre, to entrust, commend; see commend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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