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

transitive verb

: 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
: to inscribe (one's signature) on a check, bill, or note
: to inscribe (something, such as an official document) with a title or memorandum
: to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one's name on the document
: to acknowledge receipt of (a sum specified) by one's signature on a document
: to approve openly
endorse an idea
especially : to express support or approval of publicly and definitely
endorse a mayoral candidate
: to recommend (something, such as a product or service) usually for financial compensation
shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player
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.
endorsable adjective
endorsee noun
endorser 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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Republican running for statewide office who had the strongest showing in Arizona was Kimberly Yee, who won re-election as state treasurer and who Trump didn’t endorse. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 15 Nov. 2022 The study found that white people who identified strongly with being white were more likely to endorse concessions to the movement after reading about the latter protest. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2022 Mar, who did not endorse recalling former District Attorney Chesa Boudin, is not taking a position on the current D.A. race, which pits current D.A. Brooke Jenkins, who the mayor appointed to replace Boudin, against three challengers. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2022 Both Paperspace and reAlpha had lawyers review the videos and took steps to ensure viewers understood that the celebrities depicted didn’t actually endorse the companies’ products or participate in the making of the videos, the companies said. Patrick Coffee, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 Marc Short, a longtime Pence adviser, declined to set a red line for candidates Pence would and would not endorse. Jill Colvin, ajc, 16 Oct. 2022 Frank will not endorse Erin’s district attorney run; Danny and Baez investigate a hotel crime scene; Jamie’s new job requires him to keep secrets from his family. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 Yehudah also defrauded a bank used by FORUM by forging the signatures of subcontractors to endorse checks over to himself, the indictment alleged. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 11 Oct. 2022 In the Republican primaries on Sept. 13, conservative voters in New Hampshire backed MAGA candidates who amplified former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, even though Trump did not formally endorse any of them. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of endorse was in 1581

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Cite this Entry

“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



variants also indorse
endorsed; endorsing
: to sign the back of (a check, bank note, or bill) especially to receive payment, to indicate method of payment, or to transfer to someone else
: to show support or approval of
endorse a candidate
endorsee noun
endorser noun

Legal Definition


transitive verb

variants also indorse
endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing
: 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
: 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
: to transfer (an instrument) to another by inscribing one's signature
assume that payee endorses a note to creditor as security for a debt Uniform Commercial Code
: 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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