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verb en·dorse \in-ˈdȯrs, en-\

Simple Definition of endorse

  • : to publicly or officially say that you support or approve of (someone or something)

  • : to publicly say that you like or use (a product or service) in exchange for money

  • : to write your name on the back of (a check)

Full Definition of endorse


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to write on the back of; especially :  to sign one's name as payee on the back of (a check) in order to obtain the cash or credit represented on the face b :  to inscribe (one's signature) on a check, bill, or note c :  to inscribe (as an official document) with a title or memorandum d :  to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one's name on the document e :  to acknowledge receipt of (a sum specified) by one's signature on a document

  3. 2 a :  to approve openly <endorse an idea>; especially :  to express support or approval of publicly and definitely <endorse a mayoral candidate> b :  to recommend (as a product or service) usually for financial compensation <shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player>

en·dors·able play \-ˈdȯr-sə-bəl\ adjective
en·dors·ee play \in-ˌdȯr-ˈsē, ˌen-\ noun
en·dors·er play \in-ˈdȯr-sər\ noun

Examples of endorse

  1. The newspaper has endorsed the conservative candidate for mayor.

  2. We do not endorse their position.

  3. She endorses a line of clothing.

  4. That brand of sneaker is endorsed by several basketball stars.

  5. You must endorse the check before you deposit it in the bank.

Variants of endorse

also in·dorse \in-\

Origin of endorse

alteration of obsolete endoss, from Middle English endosen, from Anglo-French endosser, to put on, don, write on the back of, from en- + dos back, from Latin dorsum

First Known Use: 1581

Synonym Discussion of endorse

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration <the parents approve of the marriage>. endorse suggests an explicit statement of support <publicly endorsed her for Senator>. sanction implies both approval and authorization <the President sanctioned covert operations>. accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards <the board voted to accredit the college> <must be certified to teach>.

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February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

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