- 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 endorse
In some cases, public employee unions even pushed private sector unions to endorse Republicans.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
In order to win votes, she must endorse faith with something that is very much against faith.
We all know this happens; yet we continue to endorse these falsehoods.
The two remaining points revolved around Islam, which the officially atheist government refused to endorse.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
And the truth that language changes over time does not compel us to endorse any particular change.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Endorse this cheque 'Jane Meredith' and make it payable to me personally.Her Father's Daughter
Naturally he felt called upon to endorse his heroine, to defend her.Quaint Courtships
Thus it is usual for the husband's deeds to be endorsed by the wife, while he did not endorse hers.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Believe me, my reason is one that you will be first to endorse when it is known to you.'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
When you tell me you cease to endorse my pledges, I feel I am a bankrupt in your esteem.'Lord Kilgobbin
- 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 endorse
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]