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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.

  1. to sign one's name on (a commercial document or other instrument).

  2. to make over (a stated amount) to another as payee by one's endorsement.

  3. to write (something) on the back of a document, paper, etc.: to endorse instructions; to endorse one's signature.

  4. 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

First recorded in 1350–1400; variant (with en- for in- ) of earlier indorse, from Medieval Latin indorsāre “to endorse,” equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -dorsāre, derivative of dorsum “back”; replacing endoss, Middle English endossen, from Old French endosser, equivalent to en- en-1 + -dosser, derivative of dos, from Latin dorsum

Other words for endorse

Other words from endorse

  • en·dors·a·ble, adjective
  • en·dors·er, en·dor·sor, noun
  • en·dors·ing·ly, adverb
  • en·dor·sive, adjective
  • pre·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, adjective
  • un·en·dorsed, adjective
  • well-en·dorsed, adjective

Words that may be confused with endorse

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How to use endorse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for endorse



/ (ɪnˈdɔːs) /

  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

  1. commerce

    • 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

  2. to write (a qualifying comment, recommendation, etc) on the back of a document

  3. to sign (a document), as when confirming receipt of payment

  4. mainly British to record (a conviction) on (a driving licence)

Origin of endorse

C16: from Old French endosser to put on the back, from en- 1 + dos back, from Latin dorsum

Derived forms of endorse

  • endorsable or indorsable, adjective
  • endorser, endorsor, indorser or indorsor, noun

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