If you recommend a person or thing is to vouch for them. Recommend can also be to advise. If your doctor recommended an exercise program to you that's changed your life, you might recommend your doctor to your friends.

Recommend is connected to the verb commend "to praise." They are both spelled with one c and two m's, reflecting the prefixes re- and com-. These verbs overlap in some uses: you can recommend or commend an applicant for employment. But commend is used for special or public praise: "He was commended for bravery."

Definitions of recommend
  1. verb
    express a good opinion of
    synonyms: commend
    see moresee less
    type of:
    express approval of
  2. verb
    make attractive or acceptable
    “Honesty recommends any person”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    push for something
    “The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day”
    synonyms: advocate, urge
    see moresee less
    type of:
    advise, propose, suggest
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week