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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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a firearms-rights group, endorsed Mr. Herbst for his pro-gun views. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Connecticut Republicans Confronted With Choices," 8 July 2018 In the days after the news conference with Mr. Trump, Ms. Mendoza and several other family members personally endorsed Mr. Arpaio in the contested Republican primary for the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican. New York Times, "For Trump and ‘Angel Families,’ a Mutually Beneficial Bond," 4 July 2018 With a series of sweeping votes, the City Council endorsed Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s $3.3 billion spending plan for city services, capital projects and schools, amid frustration from councilors about their limited role in the process. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Council approves Boston spending plan amid concerns of lack of power," 28 June 2018 In a letter to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner penned last week, Bush endorsed his hometown while boasting about the city's many amenities. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "George H.W. Bush writes funny letter to Houston Mayor over Democrat National Convention," 26 June 2018 Trump endorsed Hawley in November and traveled to St. Louis in March to hold a fundraiser on his behalf. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Do border crossers have due process rights under Constitution? AG Hawley won’t say," 26 June 2018 After declining to run as an independent, Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Michael Bloomberg Reportedly Mulling a Presidential Run in 2020," 26 June 2018 There was an odd wrinkle in the case: The San Antonio court itself had for the most part endorsed the contested maps in 2012, after the Supreme Court rejected earlier ones and told the court to try again. Adam Liptak, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court upholds Texas voting maps that were called racially discriminatory," 25 June 2018 The president on Friday endorsed DeSantis over Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam in the GOP primary on Aug. 28. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ron DeSantis features Trump in $12 million ad campaign," 25 June 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

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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

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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