endorse

verb
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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Views are his own and not endorsed by his employer. Bobak Ferdowsi, Popular Mechanics, "What a Scientist Can Learn From AlienCon," 23 Oct. 2018 This was demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt by the resounding defeat in June of two GOP bills endorsed by the House leadership and the president. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "House Democrats Refuse to Take Bait on ‘Abolish ICE’ Vote Arranged by GOP," 13 July 2018 That’s an approach endorsed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who won three World Series with a free-swinging third baseman in Pablo Sandoval, now back with the club. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "El Mago: Javier Baez's flair is just what baseball needs," 12 July 2018 Pennsylvania students – nearly 90 percent of those enrolled – will pay $224 more per year for a total cost of $7,716, under a plan approved by the system’s board of governors and endorsed by Gov. Wolf. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Pa. state universities to hike tuition nearly 3 percent," 12 July 2018 Moreover, the editorial content on this page was not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Freddie Awards: The Best Travel Loyalty Programs in the World," 11 July 2018 But there’s a generally accepted history at this point, pieced together in various accounts through the years — most notably a 2012 Deadspin piece by sportswriter Alan Siegel — and endorsed by folks in White’s camp. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's global sports anthem: The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army'," 29 June 2018 The Democrat, endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden and environmental groups, could become the state’s first Black member of Congress. Essence.com, "Primaries Yield Big Electoral Wins For Black Women, Men And People Of Color Nationwide," 28 June 2018 That’s why SoccerCity is endorsed by thousands of San Diegans, most notably our city’s mayor. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego says it could miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars on stadium development," 27 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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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 \
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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