en·​dorse·​ment | \ in-ˈdȯr-smənt How to pronounce endorsement (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly indorsement \ in-​ˈdȯr-​smənt How to pronounce indorsement (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Both the Republican parties of San Diego County and Orange County are expected to make endorsements in the race later this month. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local business owner Mara Fortin announces bid to challenge Rep. Mike Levin in 2020," 6 June 2019 Lucrative endorsements with Nike, high-profile fashion and beauty collaborations and a large portfolio of advertising and media work have made her a recognizable face even among people who have never watched a single serve. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Serena Williams is the first athlete on Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women list," 5 June 2019 At candidate forums and on mailers that pictured him grinning alongside local leaders, Lee touted his long experience and endorsements in the district. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "A San Fernando Valley runoff pits a scientist against a former City Hall aide," 5 June 2019 The applicants are limited to a Class A CDL only with no hazmat or passenger endorsements. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Alabama lowers minimum age for CDL to 18," 5 June 2019 Leonard, 27, who will face the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California, on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the title series, had an endorsement contract with Nike until 2018. NBC News, "NBA star Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over rights to his logo," 4 June 2019 To that end, Leonard’s complaint details his former endorsement relationship with Nike. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard vs. Nike: Analyzing the Raptors' Star's Logo Lawsuit," 4 June 2019 Helped along by the endorsements, Giellis has won support from black and Latino voters who feel excluded or harmed by Hancock’s handling of gentrification and development. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "In the Denver mayor’s race, it’s 1995 all over again," 4 June 2019 Jungkook could also potentially get paid big from product endorsements. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "BTS Member Jungkook's Net Worth Is Insane," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of endorsement

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2019

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The first known use of endorsement was in 1547

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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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