recommend as

recommend (someone or something) as (something)

To give someone or something a recommendation as being ideal in some particular role, function, or ability. I really recommend her as a psychiatrist—she helped me through a really tough period of my life. Would you recommend this hotel as a suitable place to bring kids? It was a bit uncouth of him to recommend himself as the best candidate for the position.
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recommend someone as something

to suggest someone as something. Could you recommend Frank as a good carpenter? I can recommend Jane Smith as a good artist.
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References in classic literature ?
These gentlemen seemed to take it for granted that no coloured man suitable for the position could be secured, and they were expecting the General to recommend a white man for the place.