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

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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 Like many in the settlements, Passentin is grateful to Trump for endorsing the settlements and is eager for annexation. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, "In the West Bank, Trump’s plan has validated settlers’ dreams — and crushed the hopes of Palestinians," 1 Feb. 2020 McConnell opponent Amy McGrath endorses Joe Biden BURLINGTON, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden often tells his audiences that the best way to beat Republicans — in the White House and in Congress — is at the polls. Amanda Golden, NBC News, "Klobuchar holds first N.H. tele-town hall amidst impeachment," 31 Jan. 2020 Penebaker is a member of the Democratic National Committee and has endorsed Bloomberg. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why does it look like Michael Bloomberg is the only Democrat running for president in Wisconsin?," 31 Jan. 2020 Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren endorsed Markowitz, who received upwards of $400,000 in financial help from outside groups, the Houston Chronicle reported. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Republican wins closely watched Houston-area state House race," 29 Jan. 2020 The singer, 30, talks about her eating disorder, her mother’s struggle with cancer and her decision to come out of the closet politically by endorsing the Democratic candidate in the 2018 Senate race in Tennessee. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Top 10: Ann Arbor folk fest, Dustin Lynch, Soup Bowl in Royal Oak, 'Jesus Christ Superstar'," 29 Jan. 2020 The ethics code would have explicitly banned teachers from endorsing political candidates, legislation or judicial action in the classroom. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Chandler teacher's lesson on fascism in WW II blasted on Twitter," 28 Jan. 2020 Justice’s statement endorsing secession was an unexpected but ringing endorsement of legislation before the West Virginia legislature that would let Virginia border counties join the state. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "'Join us,' West Virginia governor urges pro-gun, pro-Trump Virginia counties," 28 Jan. 2020 Navy veteran Tony Gonzales, who Hurd has endorsed in the Republican primary for his seat, is in the program, along with two Republicans, Pierce Bush and Greg Hill, who are vying for the seat in Fort Bend County held by retiring U.S. Rep. Pete Olson. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "DCCC adds Wendy Davis, Gina Ortiz Jones to 'Red to Blue' program," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorsed. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for endorse

endorse

verb
How to pronounce endorse (audio)

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
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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