verb en·dorse \ in-ˈdȯrs , en- \
variants: or less commonly play \in-ˈdȯrs\
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of endorse

endorsed; endorsing
1 a : 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
2 a : 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


play \in-ˈdȯr-sə-bəl, en-\ adjective


play \in-ˌdȯr-ˈsē, ˌen-\ noun


play \in-ˈdȯr-sər, en-\ noun

Examples of endorse in a Sentence

  1. The newspaper has endorsed the conservative candidate for mayor.

  2. We do not endorse their position.

  3. She endorses a line of clothing.

  4. That brand of sneaker is endorsed by several basketball stars.

  5. You must endorse the check before you deposit it in the bank.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

endorse Synonyms


go in for, go to bat for, hold a brief for, stand up for, stick up for;

Synonym Discussion of 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

ENDORSE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of endorse for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb en·dorse \ in-ˈdȯrs \

Definition of endorse for Students

endorsed; endorsing
1 : to show support or approval for
  • endorse an idea
2 : to sign the back of to receive payment
  • endorse a check


\-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary


transitive verb en·dorse
variants: also indorse \in-ˈdȯrs\

legal Definition of endorse

endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing
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 debt
  • Uniform 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

Origin and Etymology of endorse

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

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