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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Bolsonaro responded by endorsing a post on Facebook that said that the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, was unattractive. Carol Pires, The New Yorker, "The Trump Ally Who Is Allowing the Amazon to Burn," 28 Aug. 2019 During the 2012 presidential campaign, an Army reservist was disciplined for endorsing then presidential candidate Ron Paul during a rally. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Army major faces scrutiny for appearance in uniform at Biden campaign event," 28 Aug. 2019 Others insist that God never really approved of slavery at all, and that regulating an evil phenomenon is not the same as endorsing it. The Economist, "Everywhere in chains," 27 Aug. 2019 Swift took time during her speech to recognize that the award was specifically fan-voted, thanking her following for endorsing her message of acceptance. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "MTV VMAs 2019: All the best moments from pop music's big night," 27 Aug. 2019 Swift caught heat for not endorsing a political candidate in the 2016 election. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taylor Swift Calls Out Trump, Plans to Get More Involved in 2020 Election," 23 Aug. 2019 Moulton stopped short of endorsing one of his rivals for the nomination but said the crowded race with more than 20 Democrats appeared to have narrowed. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Rep. Moulton drops out of presidential primacy contest," 23 Aug. 2019 During the 2018 midterm season, Moulton landed on the radar as a presidential hopeful by endorsing dozens of Democratic candidates running in contentious key states. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "Seth Moulton drops out of 2020 presidential race," 23 Aug. 2019 Some of Colorado’s most powerful Democrats held off on endorsing Hickenlooper on Thursday. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper still thinks D.C. is lousy. Opponents say he’s the wrong person to represent Colorado there.," 22 Aug. 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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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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