endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs, en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈdȯrs \
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 , en-​ \ adjective
endorsee \ in-​ˌdȯr-​ˈsē , ˌen-​ \ noun
endorser \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sər , 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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As additional locations opened around the U.S. and in London, other actors and even some supermodels endorsed Planet Hollywood—Whoopi Goldberg, Geena Davis, Drew Barrymore, and Cindy Crawford, to name a few. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Toast to Planet Hollywood and Its Kitschy, Collectible Merch—In Honor of Koché’s Pre-Fall Show," 11 Dec. 2018 Atkeson believes ads like the one endorsing French Hill would likely be ineffective in convincing African-American voters, who historically vote Democrat, to vote Republican. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 The singer is famously apolitical, and many have criticized her for not endorsing a candidate in the 2016 election. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Just Made a Rare Political Statement," 7 Oct. 2018 Soon after finishing third in the New Hampshire primary though, Jon dropped out of the race and began endorsing Mitt Romney. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Cohost Abby Huntsman Has Quite an Interesting Background," 28 Aug. 2018 This is a potent, and problematic, combination: greater awareness of gut health and even greater access to idealized body images, both endorsing the idea that a perfectly flat stomach is the ideal for health and beauty. SELF, "Can We Stop Pathologizing Minor Bloating, Please?," 17 Aug. 2018 George Soros joined fellow billionaires Li Ka-shing, Jack Ma and Pony Ma in endorsing the IPO. Ian Mount, Fortune, "Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi’s Monster IPO Flops on Its First Day of Trading," 9 July 2018 Of course, the fact that EXO is currently endorsing K-beauty brand Nature Republic could present a conflict of interest that might stop the collab from happening. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why a Fenty Beauty Collaboration With EXO's Kai Would Be a Game Changer," 27 Aug. 2018 The minority Socialist government is certain that parliament will endorse the amendments, probably in a debate next month, deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo told a news conference. Fox News, "Spain sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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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