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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That said, the IMF has been remarkably willing to refit the agreement as circumstances require, expanding its size, speeding up disbursements and even endorsing the central bank’s new intervention policy in April. The Economist, "In Argentina, the IMF has been neither toxic nor triumphant," 21 June 2019 Fifty-five years later, in June 2009, the government of Honduras, also freely elected, was overthrown in a coup that the United States strongly endorsed. Stephen Kinzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Who’s responsible for the border crisis? The United States," 20 June 2019 No one else’s stardom or skill has more to do than endorse hers. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "For Taylor Swift, Is Ego Stronger Than Pride?," 18 June 2019 Costa joins the more than 80 state, local and municipal leaders from California who have endorsed Harris so far — a key advantage in a state that will likely have an outsized role due to California's earlier place in the primary calendar. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats try to stand out ahead of first debate," 17 June 2019 Politicians and activists on all sides now implicitly endorse or even repeat accusations of Jewish greed and financial power. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 There is good precedent for self-regulation in other industries; financial services firms worked in concert to create self-regulatory bodies such as FINRA, which establishes rules that are then endorsed and overseen by the SEC. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Big Tech Can Stay Ahead of Regulators by Breaking Itself Up," 10 June 2019 Those numbers don’t include spending from Texas Democrats, who endorsed Nirenberg last month, or Community Leaders of America, a group running digital ads against the mayor. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "Outside groups spend more than $500k on San Antonio’s municipal runoffs," 6 June 2019 The Indian Creek Democrat finally hit the jackpot as the Illinois Senate followed the House endorsing the expansion bill. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River," 5 June 2019

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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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endorse

verb

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

endorse

transitive verb
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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