verb (used with object), en·dorsed, en·dors·ing. Also indorse (for defs 1–6).


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 formsen·dors·a·ble, adjectiveen·dors·er, en·dor·sor, nounen·dors·ing·ly, adverben·dor·sive, adjectivepre·en·dorse, verb (used with object), pre·en·dorsed, pre·en·dors·ing.re·en·dorse, verb (used with object), re·en·dorsed, re·en·dors·ing.sub·en·dorse, verb (used with object), sub·en·dorsed, sub·en·dors·ing.su·per·en·dorse, verb (used with object), su·per·en·dorsed, su·per·en·dors·ing.un·en·dors·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·dorsed, adjectivewell-en·dorsed, adjective
Can be confusedapprove endorse (see synonym study at approve)

Synonyms for endorse

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Examples from the Web for endorse

Contemporary Examples of endorse

Historical Examples of endorse

  • Endorse this cheque 'Jane Meredith' and make it payable to me personally.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Naturally he felt called upon to endorse his heroine, to defend her.

  • 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

    Charles Lever

British Dictionary definitions for endorse



verb (tr)

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 British to record (a conviction) on (a driving licence)
Derived Formsendorsable or indorsable, adjectiveendorser, endorsor, indorser or indorsor, noun

Word Origin for endorse

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 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]
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