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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Recent Examples on the Web

As the tech backlash has grown, nearly every tech company has endorsed some kind of federal privacy bill, often in direct testimony to Congress. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Tim Cook wants a federal privacy law — but so do Facebook and Google," 24 Oct. 2018 Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates, Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, both of whom are running for election in Tennessee. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Endorses Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, Two Democrats in Tennessee," 8 Oct. 2018 While the police may have only tacitly sanctioned the attacks, the Los Angeles media shamelessly endorsed them. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 2018 And then people started to endorse us as a pair, which was kind of great. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Campaigns Are Like Marathons—It’s Better to Run One With a Friend," 18 Sep. 2018 To complicate things even further, Green Party candidate Angela Green also picked up more than 38,000 votes as of Wednesday despite dropping out of the race and endorsing Sinema earlier this week. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in Arizona Senate race," 9 Nov. 2018 On Sunday, Taylor Swift broke her political silence with a lengthy Instagram post endorsing Democratic nominees in her home state of Tennessee and encouraging her followers (all 112 million of them) to register to vote. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taylor Swift's Political Post Was Followed by a Huge Surge in Voter Registration," 9 Oct. 2018 Trump mocked the #MeToo movement, endorsed a man accused of pedophilia, and supported a former staffer accused of domestic violence. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "The New York Times’ Anonymous Op-Ed Writer Isn’t Helping Anyone," 7 Sep. 2018 In 2013, reform-minded Superintendent Lewis Ferebee was appointed, and Stand for Children endorsed and financially supported additional candidates in 2014 and 2016, ensuring a pro-reform board majority to support Ferebee and The Mind Trust’s agenda. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endorse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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