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

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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Ariana Grande is endorsing her as a Halloween costume. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Apologizes for Insensitive JonBenét Ramsey Joke: 'This Was Out of Pocket'," 29 July 2019 Trump never did endorse him, and James lost the election. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Jared Kushner: Trump’s adviser, son-in-law and de facto campaign chief," 27 July 2019 Members of the group say the Chinese government endorsed it until an abrupt about-face in 1999, when it was outlawed. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com, "Ohio Falun Gong practitioners rally in Washington to end persecution in China," 18 July 2019 That prompted Palin to endorse Independent Bill Walker in the 2014 governor’s race. Paola Banchero, The Conversation, "In divided Alaska, the choice is between paying for government or giving residents bigger oil wealth check," 15 July 2019 Creuzot may have removed himself from the case because Candice Quarles endorsed him last fall in his race against Johnson. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019 Germany, for example, along with most countries in the EU, reserves seats on company boards for workers, who are less likely to endorse scorched-earth layoff plans. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The short but destructive history of mass layoffs," 12 July 2019 While the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hasn't endorsed her, the campaign arm reached out to Hale about running, even as early as 2018, and reached out to IndyStar on behalf of Hale. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Former state Rep. Christina Hale enters race to replace Susan Brooks in Congress," 11 July 2019 Congress has yet to endorse the idea, and few lawmakers are expressing enthusiasm. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion," 11 July 2019

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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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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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