July 07, 2016
recommend (verb)
\rek-uh-MEND\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to make a statement in praise of2 : to cause to receive favorable attention3 : to put forward or suggest as one's advice, as one's choice, or as having one's support
How do you use it?
"Although in some measure sheltered, our clothes soon became as wet as ever; this, after all the trouble we had taken to dry them, was provoking enough: but there was no help for it; and I recommend all adventurous youths who abandon vessels in romantic islands during the rainy season, to provide themselves with umbrellas." (Herman Melville, _Typee_)
Are you a word wiz?

Let's see if you understand the meaning of today's buzzword, "recommend." All of the statements below are examples of someone recommending something except for one. Which one is NOT an example of someone recommending something?

We recommend you pick D; it's an accurate statement, but not an example of someone recommending something. "Recommend" has been part of the English language for over 600 years but it has its roots in Latin; it traces back to the Latin word "commendare," meaning "commend" or "to give into another's care." "Commend" itself also traces back to "commendare" as does the word "command," meaning, among other things, "to issue orders by right of authority."
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