verb (used with object), en·dorsed, en·dors·ing. Also indorse (for defs 1–6).
Origin of endorse
Examples from the Web for endorser
Hayworth has Rush Limbaugh—not as an endorser of his candidacy, at least not yet, but as a longtime McCain detractor.
At this time the last-named house held about two and a half millions of dollars belonging to their constituent, the endorser.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844|William C. Hunter
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
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.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders|William A. Alcott
It has ever been the custom of the church to make every distinguished individual appear as an endorser of her dogmas.Thomas Paine, The Apostle of Liberty|John E. Remsburg
- 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
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]