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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Topspin Third-party governor candidate Sam McCann reported receiving $77,700 more in campaign contributions from a union that endorsed J.B. Pritzker in the Democratic primary for governor, campaign finance records show. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Union that endorsed Democrat J.B. Pritzker gives Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann nearly $80K," 11 July 2018 Those interests expressed themselves in the recent mayoral election, where pro-development, pro-techie London Breed, a favorite among the tech Outer Party, narrowly defeated two mutually endorsing candidates in an electoral nail-biter. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018 One way to do right going forward is to consider this issue when choosing whom to support and endorse in upcoming elections. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 30 June 2018 McMaster, a former lieutenant governor, became the nation’s first statewide elected official to endorse Trump in January 2016. Time, "President Trump Urges South Carolina to Vote for Gov. Henry McMaster," 25 June 2018 DeSantis was one of the three Republicans that Trump endorsed in succession on Friday, as Martha Roby of Alabama and Henry McMaster of South Carolina also received praise from Trump's tweeting fingers. Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "Trump endorses his pick in Florida's race for governor," 22 June 2018 Sanders has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for not publicly endorsing his son, Levi, in his race for a New Hampshire congressional seat. CBS News, "Bernie Sanders declining to endorse even his own son fits a pattern," 16 June 2018 Trump endorsed her on Twitter in the last moments of the primary, USA Today reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "2018 Primaries: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia," 13 June 2018 The Chamber, which paid for the poll, endorsed Putnam in May. In January, a Chamber of Commerce poll conducted by another firm, found Putnam with 23 percent, DeSantis with 18 percent and 50 percent undecided. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Poll shows Adam Putnam leading Ron DeSantis, but many Republicans still undecided for governor," 12 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

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

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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

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