Definition of endorse
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 faceb : to inscribe (one's signature) on a check, bill, or notec : to inscribe (something, such as an official document) with a title or memorandumd : to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one's name on the documente : 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 candidateb : to recommend (something, such as a product or service) usually for financial compensation shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player
endorsableplay \in-ˈdȯr-sə-bəl, en-\ adjective
endorseeplay \in-ˌdȯr-ˈsē, ˌen-\ noun
endorserplay \in-ˈdȯr-sər, en-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of endorse from the Web
In a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being physically active, engaging in cognitive training and controlling high blood pressure.
Those progressives who endorsed vouchers did so for many of the same reasons that had led others to advocate for freedom schools, free schools, and community control.
Chef April endorses their shishito peppers and tortilla española in particular.
The joint missile exercise by the United States and South Korea was first proposed by the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and endorsed by President Trump, Mr. Moon’s office said.
In August 2009, Strom wrote Skinner a check for $1,000, which was deposited into the Border Patrol agent’s bank account after being endorsed by the agent’s wife, according to the complaint, filed under seal June 6 in San Diego federal court.
The program is endorsed by a combined total of 32 state high school athletic associations and high school football coaches associations spanning 26 states.
Nelson, 51, lacks party support but is endorsed by the Washington Conservation Voters.
Pro-Trump voices on campus were few, and even our own College Republicans declined to endorse their party’s candidate.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1581See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of endorse
ENDORSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of endorse for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of endorse for Students
1 : to show support or approval for endorse an idea
2 : to sign the back of to receive payment endorse a check
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 debt — Uniform 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
Origin and Etymology of endorse
Anglo-French endosser endorser and Medieval Latin indorsare, both ultimately from Latin in on + dorsum back
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