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

According to the campaign, this is Warren's third endorsement in the state. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats slam Trump's July 4 celebration," 3 July 2019 The figures are acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Don't Believe Everything You See Online About Christina Anstead's Net Worth," 3 July 2019 According to Forbes’ Kurt Badenhausen, Gauff projects to earn about $1 million in endorsements this year alone. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Coco Gauff and the Legality of the Teenager Professional Athlete," 3 July 2019 Lamont’s endorsement comes as a new CNN poll shows Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gaining ground since the first Democratic presidential debates last week. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Amid the crowded field of Democrats running for president, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is endorsing Joe Biden," 2 July 2019 Simpson said the Clermont County Republican Party is in the process of revising its endorsement process. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Clermont County 'Trump Republican' among candidates eyeing state, county office runs," 1 July 2019 Lively accused the party of violating its neutrality rules by helping the incumbent with money and resources to gather signatures, raise campaign funds and round up endorsements. Matt Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge dismisses pastor’s case against Baker, state GOP," 1 July 2019 There were concerns about the consequences of coming out, about endorsements disappearing and the hate that could follow, but Rapinoe wanted to be an example. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe: USWNT captain, World Cup winner and campaigner for social justice," 28 June 2019 During the 2018 elections, Harris offered counsel and endorsements to several successful Democrats, including Jahana Hayes, London Breed, and Lucy McBath. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of endorsement

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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