en·​dorse·​ment | \in-ˈdȯr-smənt, en-\
variants: or less commonly indorsement \ in-​ˈdȯr-​smənt \

Definition of endorsement 

1 : the act or process of endorsing

2a : something that is written in the process of endorsing

b : a provision added to an insurance contract altering its scope or application

3 : sanction, approval went ahead without the endorsement of his boss

4 : money earned from a product recommendation made millions in salary and endorsements

Examples of endorsement in a Sentence

The newspaper has announced its political endorsements. We're pleased that the project has received your endorsement. Without official endorsement, the project cannot proceed. Many retired athletes are able to make a lot of money by doing product endorsements. The bank requires that someone witness the endorsement of the check. We need your endorsement before we can cash this check. the endorsement of a license receive an endorsement for speeding
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Sherrill: If one of us wins a primary or gets an endorsement, there’s that text. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Campaigns Are Like Marathons—It’s Better to Run One With a Friend," 18 Sep. 2018 But since the film's release on Sept. 7, Sierra Burgess has also been criticized by viewers who see the movie as an endorsement of catfishing and of a lack of consent. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Shannon Purser Addresses Catfishing Controversy Around "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser"," 13 Sep. 2018 Grand Canyon: South Kaibab Trail Screamingly steep, shadeless and sun-beaten may not sound like an endorsement, but those are what make the South Kaibab astounding. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Either way, Trump's pardon is an endorsement of the right-wing, gun-toting, lawbreaking militia that follows the Bundys. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Trump’s Pardon Condones Western Rebellion," 12 July 2018 The union is withholding an endorsement for the District 4 seat that includes Parkland, Coral Springs and Tamarac. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teachers union not endorsing any candidate with ties to Stoneman Douglas," 12 July 2018 The third official recalled speaking with Gutierrez on the phone but not issuing an endorsement. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Three officials say candidate for Uresti seat cited endorsements they never gave," 10 July 2018 An insurance rider — also referred to as a floater or an endorsement — is an optional add-on to an insurance policy. sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to negotiate insurance before disaster strikes," 8 July 2018 Last week, an FG Wahlen survey said 91 percent favor European solutions on migration, an endorsement of Merkel’s line and a snub to Bavaria’s nationalist push for unilateral border measures. Arne Delfs, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel Faces Crunch Time in Showdown on Migrant Policy," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of endorsement

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of endorsement

: a public or official statement of support or approval

: the act of publicly saying that you like or use a product or service in exchange for money

: the act or result of writing your name on the back of a check


variants: also indorsement

Legal Definition of endorsement 

1 : the act or process of endorsing

2 : an inscription (as a signature or notation) on a document or instrument especially : an inscription usually on the back of a negotiable instrument that transfers or guarantees the instrument

blank endorsement

: an endorsement (as a signature) of a negotiable instrument that does not name a transferee and that makes the instrument payable to bearer

called also endorsement in blank

qualified endorsement

: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “without recourse”) that limit or qualify the endorser's liability

restrictive endorsement

: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “for deposit only”) that limit the further negotiation of the instrument

Note: A restrictive endorsement does not prevent further negotiation of the instrument under the Uniform Commercial Code.

special endorsement

: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “Pay to Jane Doe”) that make the instrument payable to a specified person

3 : a provision added to an insurance policy that alters its coverage a theft endorsement

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