en·dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs , en- \
variants: or less commonly \in-ˈdȯrs \
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, en- \ adjective
endorsee \in-ˌdȯr-ˈsē, ˌen- \ noun
endorser \in-ˈdȯr-sər, 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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Murphy has not officially endorsed Hayes, though several of his close allies are working on her campaign. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "From Public Housing To Running For Congress: African-American Women Find Their Voices In Jahana Hayes," 13 July 2018 The president has not officially endorsed either man ahead of the primary, but his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., will headline a fundraiser for Kobach in Wichita next week. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "VP Pence tears into McCaskill, shrugs off disruptions at KC event," 11 July 2018 Howard Martin does not endorse the violence that erupted during a weekend basketball tournament in Bartow County and was captured in a now viral video. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Coach: Viral video of brawl at basketball game doesn’t tell whole story," 10 July 2018 But Walker, who typically stays out of Republican primaries, hasn’t endorsed Vukmir in the Senate race against Delafield management consultant Kevin Nicholson. Washington Post, "GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line," 9 July 2018 But Walker, who typically stays out of Republican primaries, hasn’t endorsed Vukmir in the Senate race against Delafield management consultant Kevin Nicholson. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line," 9 July 2018 Now, the party will not endorse a candidate in either race. Alex Seitz-wald /, NBC News, "Rhode Island Democrats rescind endorsements following backlash," 5 July 2018 Even ABC’s Roseanne reboot couldn’t unambiguously endorse the America it was created to portray. refinery29.com, "What Americana Means (And Doesn't) In 2018: From Childish Gambino To Roseanne," 3 July 2018 But the party’s New York chapter did not endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old former bartender and political novice who recently delivered a stunning defeat to a Democrat who has served in Congress for two decades. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Working Families Party Endorses Jahana Hayes in the 5th District," 2 July 2018

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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

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

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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)


en·dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs \
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


transitive verb
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

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