verb (used with object), en·dorsed, en·dors·ing. Also indorse (for defs 1–6).
Origin of endorse
Examples from the Web for endorse
In some cases, public employee unions even pushed private sector unions to endorse Republicans.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His friends will endorse his notes and take a mortgage on the store, for they know it's a good payin' business.Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks|Charles Felton Pidgin
If you admit her, you endorse and give your sanction to all that has been done.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
Gwen could and did endorse Keziah, on that score; but there was no wonderment in her mind at their silence.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
He writes at random the suggestions of his rhyme without having hardly a complete couplet to endorse a complete idea in the book.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism|F. V. N. Painter
Seldom has even a French or German drug house found so distinguished a company of medical authorities to endorse its wares.The Treatment of Hay Fever|George Frederick Laidlaw
British Dictionary definitions for endorse
- 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
Word Origin for endorse
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]