endorse

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

Essential Meaning of endorse

1 : to publicly or officially say that you support or approve of (someone or something) The newspaper has endorsed the conservative candidate for mayor. The committee must endorse [=approve] the decision. We do not endorse their position.
2 : to publicly say that you like or use (a product or service) in exchange for money She endorses a line of clothing. That brand of sneaker is endorsed by several basketball stars.
3 : to write your name on the back of (a check) You must endorse the check before you deposit it in the bank.

Full Definition of endorse

transitive verb

1a : 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
b : to inscribe (one's signature) on a check, bill, or note
c : to inscribe (something, such as an official document) with a title or memorandum
d : to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one's name on the document
e : to acknowledge receipt of (a sum specified) by one's signature on a document
2a : to approve openly endorse an idea especially : to express support or approval of publicly and definitely endorse a mayoral candidate
b : to recommend (something, such as a product or service) usually for financial compensation shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player
3 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.

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Other Words from endorse

endorsable \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
endorsee \ in-​ˌdȯr-​ˈsē How to pronounce endorse (audio) , ˌen-​ \ noun
endorser \ in-​ˈdȯr-​sər How to pronounce endorse (audio) , en-​ \ 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

Examples of endorse in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web On Saturday night, Trump endorsed Grassley and pledged to endorse Reynolds separately in the months ahead. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, 10 Oct. 2021 That one stung, because Essaibi George was one of the only city officials to endorse Markey in his reelection battle against then-Congressman Joe Kennedy III. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 One of the few ways to change the minds of people like Chittum, Luntz said, is for Trump himself to get involved and endorse the vaccine in a full-throated way. Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2021 Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, an organization promoting women of color in politics, argues that Democratic leaders have not done enough and is urging them to endorse Black women candidates in key Senate races in 2022. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Christie was among the first prominent Republicans to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016 and helped prepare him for last fall's debates against Biden. Hillel Italie, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 In September, Britney Spears’ lawyer filed court documents that appeared to endorse elements of the #FreeBritney movement. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Kristol is one of 17 Republicans who will endorse McAuliffe on Tuesday in a coordinated rollout that the campaign bills as a sign of the former governor’s bipartisan appeal. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Witness Michael Flynn, Trump's one-time national security adviser, who over the weekend appeared to endorse a Myanmar-like coup in the United States. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of endorse

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for endorse

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

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The first known use of endorse was in 1581

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“Endorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorse. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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endorse

verb
en·​dorse | \ in-ˈdȯrs How to pronounce endorse (audio) \
endorsed; endorsing

Kids Definition of endorse

1 : to show support or approval for endorse an idea
2 : to sign the back of to receive payment endorse a check

Other Words from endorse

endorsement \ -​mənt \ noun

endorse

transitive verb
en·​dorse
variants: also indorse \ in-​ˈdȯrs \
endorsed also indorsed; endorsing also indorsing

Legal Definition of endorse

1 : 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
2 : 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
3 : 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
4 : 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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