Meaning of “recommend” in the English Dictionary

"recommend" in British English

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recommendverb [ T ]

uk /ˌrek.əˈmend/ us /ˌrek.əˈmend/

B1 to suggest that someone or something would be good or suitable for a particular job or purpose, or to suggest that a particular action should be done:

I can recommend the chicken in mushroom sauce - it's delicious.
She has been recommended for promotion.
The headmistress agreed to recommend the teachers' proposals to the school governors.
[ + (that) ] The doctor recommended (that) I get more exercise.
[ + -ing verb ] I recommend writing your feelings down on paper.
The city has much/little to recommend it (= it has many/few pleasant qualities).

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  • We recommend that this wine should be consumed within six months.
  • The report recommends that more resources be devoted to teaching four-year-olds.
  • The doctor recommended swimming as the best all-round exercise.
  • You seemed a bit hesitant about recommending that restaurant - is something wrong with it?
  • For your safety, we recommend you keep your seat belt loosely fastened during the flight.
recommended
adjective uk /ˌrek.əˈmen.dɪd/ us /ˌrek.əˈmen.dɪd/

It is dangerous to take more than the recommended dose of this medicine.
She is a highly recommended architect.

(Definition of “recommend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recommend" in American English

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recommendverb [ T ]

us /ˌrek·əˈmend/

to suggest that someone or something would be good or suitable for a particular job or purpose, or to suggest that a particular action should be done:

Can you recommend a hotel in San Francisco?
[ + that clause ] I recommend that you go on a diet.

(Definition of “recommend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recommend" in Business English

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recommendverb [ T ]

uk /ˌrekəˈmend/ us

to advise someone to do something:

recommend that sb do sth Most financial advisers recommend that you buy individual life insurance, at least as a supplement.
We recommend changing your internet provider.
The board will recommend the offer to shareholders.

to suggest that something is the best thing to choose:

They've recommended some software to help with the planning process.
Can you recommend a good restaurant in this area?
recommend sth to sb This is the package that we recommend to most clients.

to suggest that someone is the best person to do a job:

I can recommend several candidates.
recommend sb to sth This is the package that we recommend to most clients.

(Definition of “recommend” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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