- 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 endorses
The program currently endorses 889 foods as “heart-healthy.”The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
May 22, 2014
Vladimir Putin endorses plan to tweet about Barneys models from bathroom of his/her choice.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
AIPAC president Michael Kessen spoke on Israel and the Kerry peace initiative, which he said AIPAC “heartily” endorses.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington
J. J. Goldberg
August 20, 2013
Harry Shearer, star of This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons, endorses this theory.Why Late-Night Jokes About Romney Really Outnumber Those About Obama
November 1, 2012
Obviously, if he endorses Romney, that would be pretty devastating to Obama.Remember that Colin Powell Guy?
October 22, 2012
Sergeant Stephens, in his Commentaries, endorses Blackstone's views.Her Majesty's Mails
And he at once endorses a few words on the bottom of the summons.A Philadelphia Lawyer in the London Courts
And the Church of England endorses this ridiculous old-world fable.My Path to Atheism
Springer endorses it and deposits it in the Security National Bank.Business English
He endorses them with His own mighty intercession, and gives them power on high.Practical Religion
John Charles Ryle
- 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 endorses
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]