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 So while Times staff members may vote, they are not allowed to endorse or campaign for candidates or political causes. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2023 Many of these people also endorse conspiracy theories about global warming. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2022 Many economists actually endorse this fragmentation and competition within regions. Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 The TRA Political Action Committee did endorse Abbott in 2017, though, and has donated $52,500 to his campaign since 2018, according to Transparency USA. Dallas News, 8 July 2022 Despite the implication of the Lake Forester headline and the erroneous statement issued within the podcast, LWV-LF/LB does not endorse or oppose candidates. Chicago Tribune, 3 Jan. 2023 Now, publicly, this government does not endorse the idea of partition. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2022 But Thomas did not publicly endorse resuscitating the clause in his earliest years on the bench. Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2022 Voters in the commonwealth refused to endorse a ballot measure in 2012 that would have permitted terminally ill citizens to obtain a lethal dose of drugs, a fact noted by the court. Jon Brown, Fox News, 20 Dec. 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

Dictionary Entries Near endorse

Cite this Entry

“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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 debtUniform Commercial Code
: to inscribe (as an official document) with a notation (as of date or title)

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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