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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Critics contend that believe falls short of endorsing a constitutional right. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Nessel splits with Whitmer, pushes for constitutional right to adequate education," 7 June 2019 The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association on Thursday voted unanimously to endorse Councilman Dwight Boykins in the race for Houston mayor, according to a news release from the union. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston firefighters’ union endorses Boykins for mayor," 6 June 2019 Hogan said that role will prevent him from endorsing Trump or any other candidate in the race. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has no interest in Senate run but is open to 2024 presidential run," 4 June 2019 The exhibit was first displayed to the public in 2005 in Seattle and has been endorsed by the Civil War Preservation Trust. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington man's Gettysburg exhibit to be displayed during July 4 week," 22 June 2018 Inger Støjberg, minister for immigration and integration, said in a post on her official Facebook page that endorsed the plan to establish an island deportation center. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Danes Spar Over Island to House Deportees," 4 Dec. 2018 Laura Clark, executive director of YIMBY Action, a nonprofit that endorsed Breed, says more ordinary workers at tech companies, including sales, marketing, and customer-service employees, are also hurt by the housing crunch. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "How Tech Shaped San Francisco’s Unresolved Mayor’s Race," 11 June 2018 In lieu of sipping your gin and tonic with plastic straws, use these Stainless Steel Straws endorsed by Mother Nature herself instead. Popular Mechanics, "Ditch Plastic And Sip Your Drinks With These Planet-Friendly Metal Straws," 18 Apr. 2019 Tlaib, though endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (like Ocasio-Cortez) ran as a Democrat; Omar as her state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Night of Firsts For Progressive Women of Color: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Sharice Davids, and Deb Haaland Make History With Congressional Wins," 7 Nov. 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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The first known use of endorse was in 1581

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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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