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verb (used with object), en·dorsed, en·dors·ing. Also indorse (for defs 1–6).
  1. to approve, support, or sustain: to endorse a political candidate.
  2. to designate oneself as payee of (a check) by signing, usually on the reverse side of the instrument.
  3. to sign one's name on (a commercial document or other instrument).
  4. to make over (a stated amount) to another as payee by one's endorsement.
  5. to write (something) on the back of a document, paper, etc.: to endorse instructions; to endorse one's signature.
  6. to acknowledge (payment) by placing one's signature on a bill, draft, etc.
  1. 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)

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Contemporary Examples of endorsing

Historical Examples of endorsing

  • But he preserved an unflinching, endorsing, gravity of expression.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He will certainly, as you say, insist on my endorsing the resolution he has made for himself.


    E. F. Benson

  • At his request, I followed with a short address, endorsing what he had said.

    On the Indian Trail

    Egerton Ryerson Young

  • But as for endorsing him—no, not until he has given further proof.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • He hastened to atone for it by endorsing the cheque 'Smith and Co.' at once.

    Rogues and Vagabonds

    George R. Sims

British Dictionary definitions for endorsing



verb (tr)
  1. to give approval or sanction to
  2. to sign (one's name) on the back of (a cheque, etc) to specify oneself as payee
  3. commerce
    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
  4. to write (a qualifying comment, recommendation, etc) on the back of a document
  5. to sign (a document), as when confirming receipt of payment
  6. 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 endorsing



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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