- 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 unendorsed
Her mandate is unendorsed by those whom she claims to represent.The German War
Arthur Conan Doyle
Unless a certificate stands in a customer's name and is unendorsed by him, he has no control over it.My Adventures with Your Money
George Graham Rice
A man offered me a three- hundred-dollar horse, and wanted to take my simple, unendorsed note for it.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The memo said: His Majesty's Government had no love or use for unendorsed cheques drawn in favour of other people.
- 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 unendorsed
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]