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 At the forefront is D&D. Thanks to live-streaming services, celebrity endorsements, frequent pop culture references and — above all else — an accessible game, the D&D community is thriving and eager to roll initiative again. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Dungeons & Dragons had fallen on 'troubled times.' The role-playing game's fifth edition changed everything," 15 Jan. 2020 Given the global celebrity of James, who has graced athletic arenas and Hollywood screens while racking up millions in endorsements, her surprise was understandable. Washington Post, "The unique, unlikely celebrity of Tfue," 13 Jan. 2020 Inclusions are endorsements, to be sure, but omissions aren’t indictments. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "100 essential restaurants in Phoenix: Welcome to Dominic Armato's 2020 list," 8 Jan. 2020 Of the new endorsements, five had previously backed Harris, per Politico. TheWeek, "Joe Biden is picking up Kamala Harris' old California endorsements," 7 Jan. 2020 The endorsement, which came despite OAS recommendations for new balloting because of rampant election fraud, shocked numerous Latin American leaders as well as Democratic lawmakers in the United States. Los Angeles Times, "Does Trump support democracy in Latin America? Critics say it depends who’s in power," 1 Jan. 2020 The yearlong program has seen throughout 2019 impressive feats of national showcasing: tons of positive international press, amazing gestures of corporate solidarity and fabulous celebrity endorsements, most of it at no cost whatsoever to Ghana. Bright Simons, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s Year of Return is on its way to success so the government should stop using bad data," 20 Dec. 2019 And Lovely hopes that the new labor provisions are seen as effective and validate the AFL-CIO’s endorsement, which could increase domestic confidence in future global deals. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "How the USMCA sets the stage for the future of trade," 18 Dec. 2019 The endorsement, expected to be announced Tuesday morning, places Carter on a pro-Klobuchar list that most prominent Minnesota Democrats have already joined. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter endorses Amy Klobuchar for president," 17 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endorsement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indorsement. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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