endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈdȯrs How to pronounce indorse (audio) \
endorsed; endorsing

Definition of endorse

transitive verb

1a : 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 (something, such 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
2a : to approve openly endorse an idea especially : to express support or approval of publicly and definitely endorse a mayoral candidate
b : to recommend (something, such as a product or service) usually for financial compensation shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player

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Other Words from endorse

endorsable \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce endorsable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
endorsee \ in-​ˌdȯr-​ˈsē How to pronounce endorsee (audio) , ˌen-​ \ noun
endorser \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sər How to pronounce endorser (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of endorse in a Sentence

The newspaper has endorsed the conservative candidate for mayor. We do not endorse their position. She endorses a line of clothing. That brand of sneaker is endorsed by several basketball stars. You must endorse the check before you deposit it in the bank.
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Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks ago, the Senate Banking Committee voted to endorse Trump’s two most recent nominees, sending them to the full Senate for a final vote. Editorial Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "A recent Trump nominee to the Federal Reserve Board has a thing for gold," 4 Aug. 2020 Obama also didn’t endorse Democrat Phil Arballo, a financial adviser who is challenging Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Barack Obama endorses eight California House candidates, Bay Area Democrat," 3 Aug. 2020 To watch The Bachelor, participate in lively Twitter discussions, and, in my case, publish articles about it all, is to tacitly endorse the whole machine. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "My Reality TV Habit Isn’t Trashy — It’s Complicated," 27 July 2020 When leaders fail to endorse safety precautions or actively mock them, fewer people take those precautions. Peter Glick, Scientific American, "Why Some Male Leaders Won’t Follow COVID-19 Safety Protocols," 13 July 2020 The veteran Alabama politician was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in the primaries. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Sessions primary tests Trump influence with the GOP base," 12 July 2020 Sessions was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump’s presidency in 2016. al, "Sessions defends himself against ‘juvenile insults’ from Trump; blasts Tuberville for ducking media," 11 July 2020 Daly emphasized that Catholics should not endorse the Black Lives Matter movement in any way. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious leaders face political powder keg in addressing race," 8 July 2020 There are surely those who endorse his sentiments and trust his instincts as Trump plays to his most loyal base supporters. Nancy Benac, BostonGlobe.com, "Analysis: What Trump leaves unspoken carries consequences," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of endorse

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of endorse was in 1581

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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endorse

verb
How to pronounce endorse (audio)

English Language Learners 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)

endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) \
endorsed; endorsing

Kids Definition of endorse

1 : to show support or approval for endorse an idea
2 : to sign the back of to receive payment endorse a check

Other Words from endorse

endorsement \ -​mənt \ noun
en·​dorse
variants: also indorse \ in-​ˈdȯrs \
endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing

Legal Definition of endorse

1 : to write on the back of especially : to sign one's name as payee on the back of (an instrument) in order to receive the cash or credit represented on the face endorse a check
2 : to inscribe (as one's signature or a notation accompanied by one's signature) on an instrument (as a note or bill) especially to transfer or guarantee it
3 : to transfer (an instrument) to another by inscribing one's signature assume that payee endorses a note to creditor as security for a debtUniform Commercial Code
4 : to inscribe (as an official document) with a notation (as of date or title)
endorse in blank
: to inscribe (an instrument) with a blank endorsement

History and Etymology for endorse

Anglo-French endosser endorser and Medieval Latin indorsare, both ultimately from Latin in on + dorsum back

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