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[en-dawrs] /ɛnˈdɔrs/
verb (used with object), endorsed, endorsing. Also, indorse (for defs 1–6).
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
1350-1400; variant (with en- for in-) of earlier indorse < Medieval Latin indorsāre to endorse, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -dorsāre, derivative of dorsum back; replacing endoss, Middle English endossen < Old French endosser, equivalent to en- en-1 + -dosser, derivative of dos < Latin dorsum
Related forms
endorsable, adjective
endorser, endorsor, noun
endorsingly, adverb
endorsive, adjective
preendorse, verb (used with object), preendorsed, preendorsing.
reendorse, verb (used with object), reendorsed, reendorsing.
subendorse, verb (used with object), subendorsed, subendorsing.
superendorse, verb (used with object), superendorsed, superendorsing.
unendorsable, adjective
unendorsed, adjective
well-endorsed, adjective
Can be confused
approve, endorse (see synonym study at approve)
1. sanction, ratify, uphold, sustain, back, second. Unabridged
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  • 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?

  • He could borrow from the banks, with a good endorser, but what endorser was there good enough but John Folsom?

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • My father at length became my endorser, and the bargain was signed and sealed.

  • 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 Joseph Kerby
  • The company had used my name as endorser to a large amount, many times larger than I had any idea of.

  • Would an endorser who had waived demand and notice be liable for six years more?

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • Yes, if the payment was made before the statute had completely run in favor of the endorser.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • It has ever been the custom of the church to make every distinguished individual appear as an endorser of her dogmas.

British Dictionary definitions for endorser


verb (transitive)
to give approval or sanction to
to sign (one's name) on the back of (a cheque, etc) to specify oneself as payee
  1. to sign the back of (a negotiable document) to transfer ownership of the rights to a specified payee
  2. 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 Brit) to record (a conviction) on (a driving licence)
Derived Forms
endorsable, indorsable, adjective
endorser, endorsor, indorser, indorsor, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French endosser to put on the back, from en-1 + dos back, from Latin dorsum
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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