- to approve, support, or sustain: to endorse a political candidate.
- to designate oneself as payee of (a check) by signing, usually on the reverse side of the instrument.
- to sign one's name on (a commercial document or other instrument).
- to make over (a stated amount) to another as payee by one's endorsement.
- to write (something) on the back of a document, paper, etc.: to endorse instructions; to endorse one's signature.
- to acknowledge (payment) by placing one's signature on a bill, draft, etc.
- Heraldry. a narrow pale, about one quarter the usual width and usually repeated several times.
Origin of endorse
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Examples from the Web for endorser
Hayworth has Rush Limbaugh—not as an endorser of his candidacy, at least not yet, but as a longtime McCain detractor.The Thorn in McCain's Side
February 17, 2010
I am a follower of the old trails, an endorser of the old maxims.The Iron Puddler
James J. Davis
Does the loser tell his friend, the endorser, that he has lost half of his fortune?The Art of Money Getting
P. T. Barnum
He could borrow from the banks, with a good endorser, but what endorser was there good enough but John Folsom?Warrior Gap
My father at length became my endorser, and the bargain was signed and sealed.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
When I had recovered sufficiently, I gave my fictitious name and introduced the Colonel, as a sort of endorser for my statement.The Boy Spy
- to give approval or sanction to
- to sign (one's name) on the back of (a cheque, etc) to specify oneself as payee
- to sign the back of (a negotiable document) to transfer ownership of the rights to a specified payee
- to specify (a designated sum) as transferable to another as payee
- to write (a qualifying comment, recommendation, etc) on the back of a document
- to sign (a document), as when confirming receipt of payment
- mainly British to record (a conviction) on (a driving licence)
Word Origin and History for endorser
late 14c. endosse "alteration," from Old French endosser (12c.), literally "to put on back," from en- "put on" (see en- (1)) + dos "back," from Latin dossum, variant of dorsum.
Sense of "confirm, approve" (by signing on the back) is recorded in English first in 1847. Assimilated 16c. in form to Medieval Latin indorsare. Related: Endorsed; endorsing.
You can endorse, literally, a cheque or other papers, &, metaphorically, a claim or argument, but to talk of endorsing material things other than papers is a solecism. [Fowler]