endorse

[ en-dawrs ]
/ ɛnˈdɔrs /

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

noun

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 forms

Can be confused

approve endorse (see synonym study at approve)
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British Dictionary definitions for endorsing

endorse

indorse

/ (ɪnˈdɔːs) /

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
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
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 Forms

endorsable 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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