verb en·dorse \in-ˈdrs, en-\

: to publicly or officially say that you support or approve of (someone or something)

: to publicly say that you like or use (a product or service) in exchange for money

: to write your name on the back of (a check)


Full Definition of ENDORSE

transitive verb
a :  to write on the back of; especially :  to sign one's name as payee on the back of (a check) in order to obtain the cash or credit represented on the face
b :  to inscribe (one's signature) on a check, bill, or note
c :  to inscribe (as an official document) with a title or memorandum
d :  to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one's name on the document
e :  to acknowledge receipt of (a sum specified) by one's signature on a document
a :  to approve openly <endorse an idea>; especially :  to express support or approval of publicly and definitely <endorse a mayoral candidate>
b :  to recommend (as a product or service) usually for financial compensation <shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player>
en·dors·able \-ˈdr-sə-bəl\ adjective
en·dors·ee \in-ˌdr-ˈsē, ˌen-\ noun
en·dors·er \in-ˈdr-sər\ noun

Variants of ENDORSE

en·dorse also in·dorse \in-\

Origin of ENDORSE

alteration of obsolete endoss, from Middle English endosen, from Anglo-French endosser, to put on, don, write on the back of, from en- + dos back, from Latin dorsum
First Known Use: 1581

Synonym Discussion of ENDORSE

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration <the parents approve of the marriage>. endorse suggests an explicit statement of support <publicly endorsed her for Senator>. sanction implies both approval and authorization <the President sanctioned covert operations>. accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards <the board voted to accredit the college> <must be certified to teach>.

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
ENDORSE Defined for Kids


verb en·dorse \in-ˈdrs\

Definition of ENDORSE for Kids

:  to show support or approval for <endorse an idea>
:  to sign the back of to receive payment <endorse a check>
en·dorse·ment \-mənt\ noun


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