endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) \
endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing; endorses also indorses

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
3 medical : to report or note the presence of (a symptom) He endorsed nausea without emesis and denied any associated shortness of breath.— Dana Johnson et al.

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Other Words from endorse

endorsable \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
endorsee \ in-​ˌdȯr-​ˈsē How to pronounce endorse (audio) , ˌen-​ \ noun
endorser \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sər How to pronounce endorse (audio) , 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 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not endorse any specific weight-loss program but includes names and links for the benefit of readers who want further information. Michelle Brooks, ajc, "SUCCESS STORY /Karen Uyttenhove, 64: From 284 pounds to 188 pounds," 15 Feb. 2021 The Bushes did not endorse Trump, and there were rumors the family’s patriarch, former President George H.W. Bush, voted for Hillary Clinton. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The GOP's civil war over Trump," 11 Feb. 2021 Springsteen does not endorse products, and the spot was filmed just a week ago, which perhaps suggests some zero-hour equivocation on his part. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Super Bowl Music: The Weeknd’s Self-Loathing, Springsteen’s Jeep, and Dolly Parton’s Gig Economy," 8 Feb. 2021 No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. CBS News, "House impeaches Trump for Capitol riot in historic bipartisan rebuke," 14 Jan. 2021 As a result, the CDC didn’t endorse mask-wearing until April 3. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Importance of Brutal Honesty in This Pandemic Winter," 31 Dec. 2020 Puerto Rico’s new parties mostly did not endorse a particular choice on the 2020 statehood referendum, promising to respect whatever the result was. Rashid Carlos Jamil Marcano Rivera, The Conversation, "Puerto Rico wants statehood – but only Congress can make it the 51st state in the United States," 14 Dec. 2020 At a news conference, Kemp did not clearly endorse the results. Kate Brumback, chicagotribune.com, "Georgia governor certifies state’s 16 presidential electors after top elections official verifies results showing Biden won race against Trump," 20 Nov. 2020 Confronted with a poisonous political environment, vulnerable Senate Republicans are rushing to endorse generous jobless benefits, child care grants, and more than $100 billion to help schools reopen. Andrew Taylor, Star Tribune, "Endangered GOP senators are driving force for virus deal," 4 Aug. 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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22 Feb 2021

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“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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

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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