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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Recent Examples on the Web

And among some Facebook employees, who have rallied around Kavanaugh’s proliferating number of accusers, Kaplan’s endorsement of his friend became a workplace issue. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid," 5 Oct. 2018 As with any other episode, the show's hosts — Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sunny Hostin — discussed a list of hot-button topics, including NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's new endorsement deal with Nike. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Abby Huntsman and 'The View' Hosts Get Heated Over Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad," 5 Sep. 2018 In the meantime, this presents a great opportunity for watch companies to offer endorsement deals to Williams. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Celtics rookie Robert Williams is having an awful start to his NBA career," 1 July 2018 His son, a two-term governor, has now received endorsements from people including Hillary Clinton and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon Challenged Andrew Cuomo on Legalizing Pot and Medicare for All at Their Only Scheduled Debate," 30 Aug. 2018 Another Democratic challenger in the district, Katie Wilson, had received the Working Families Party endorsement. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "Ocasio-Cortez Highlights How Third-Party Quirks Can Muddle Elections," 11 July 2018 The scheme had received endorsements from professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Rest Easy, Cryptocurrency Fans: Ether and Bitcoin Aren't Securities," 14 June 2018 Cox, however, picked up steam with Republicans after receiving Trump's endorsement last month. Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY, "Trump-backed Republican advances in California governor's race," 6 June 2018 Terwilliger has already received the endorsement of both of Virginia's Democratic senators, who recently submitted his name as their sole recommendation. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "Rosenstein deputy named US attorney in Virginia," 24 May 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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