- 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 endorsing
After the event, Cuomo was asked by reporters if that meant he is endorsing Clinton.If Clinton Runs for President, Cuomo’s on Board
October 23, 2014
It then closes with footage of Braley endorsing Edwards during the former North Carolina politician's 2008 presidential campaign.The Perils Of Backing John Edwards
August 21, 2014
Nor would Howard Dean, who headlined the event, be endorsing one of the architects of his own political rise.Can New York Democrat Zephyr Teachout Stop Governor Andrew Cuomo?
August 18, 2014
During the 2012 election, endorsing Modern Family became a necessary step on the campaign trail.Modern Family’s Big, Gay (and Important) Wedding
May 22, 2014
If Ham were truly a biblical literalist he would be endorsing The Principle.‘The Principle’: Geocentrism is What Real Biblical Literalism Looks Like
Karl W. Giberson
April 10, 2014
But he preserved an unflinching, endorsing, gravity of expression.Chance
He will certainly, as you say, insist on my endorsing the resolution he has made for himself.Michael
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
He hastened to atone for it by endorsing the cheque 'Smith and Co.' at once.Rogues and Vagabonds
George R. Sims
- 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 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]