endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) \
endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing; endorses also indorses

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
3 medical : to report or note the presence of (a symptom) He endorsed nausea without emesis and denied any associated shortness of breath.— Dana Johnson et al.

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Other Words from endorse

endorsable \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
endorsee \ in-​ˌdȯr-​ˈsē How to pronounce endorse (audio) , ˌen-​ \ noun
endorser \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sər How to pronounce endorse (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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Recent Examples on the Web Bristol’s school system had asked for an additional $4.5 million for the new year, but this week the finance board voted to endorse only $2.6 million of that. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Bristol: New budget on track to hold taxes steady for 2021-22," 30 Apr. 2021 And, the official noted, Biden was the first US senator to endorse then-Gov. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Biden restores presidential consultations that Trump dismissed," 29 Apr. 2021 The Carroll County Republican Central Committee of Maryland officially voted to endorse Dillon last week, according to Christopher Tomlinson, who is part of the committee. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Reprehensible’ or relevant? Republican committees involved in nonpartisan Westminster mayoral race.," 28 Apr. 2021 Trump, meanwhile, is planning to endorse the candidate who challenges Cheney in a primary. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "At GOP retreat, Republicans plot 2022 priorities, dodging fight over personalities," 27 Apr. 2021 Dick’s Sporting Goods has signed Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith to endorse its new line of men’s apparel, marking the first time the retailer has put an athlete behind its growing stable of private brands. BostonGlobe.com, "Greentown Labs expands to Houston," 22 Apr. 2021 Unusually, Warren also weighed in on coalition negotiations in Israel, advising parties not to endorse Netanyahu for another term. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "J Street conference: Abbas ready to ‘remove obstacles’ to relations with U.S.," 21 Apr. 2021 Biden will endorse court-packing as soon as his panel, which is stuffed with court-packers, approves it. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Joe Biden, flip-flopper in chief," 17 Apr. 2021 The Board of Supervisors voted 8-2 Tuesday to endorse the $550 million project, backing the state's goal of widening of the section of the Capital Beltway as early as next year. Washington Post, "Fairfax County backs expansion of 495 Express Lanes to the Maryland state line," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for endorse

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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