endorse[en dôrs′, in-]
- Endorse is defined as to give your approval to someone or something or to authorize the payment of a document by signing with one's signature.
- An example of endorse is Tiger Woods saying he drinks Gatorade.
- An example of endorse is someone signing the back of a check made out to them before depositing it into their bank account.
Endorsing a check.
transitive verbendorsed, endorsing
- to write on the back of (a document); specif.,
- to sign (one's name) as payee on the back of (a check, money order, etc.)
- to make (a check, etc.) payable to another person by thus signing one's name and specifying the payee
- to write a note, title, etc. on (a document)
- to give approval to; support; sanction: to endorse a candidate
- to state, as in an advertisement, that one approves of (a product, service, etc.), often in return for a fee
Origin of endorsealtered (after L) ; from Middle English endosen ; from Old French endosser ; from Medieval Latin indorsare ; from Classical Latin in, on, upon + dorsum, the back
transitive verben·dorsed, en·dors·ing, en·dors·es also in·dorsed or in·dors·ing or in·dors·es
- a. To express approval of or give support to, especially by public statement; sanction: endorse a change in policy; endorse a political candidate.b. To recommend (a product), often in exchange for payment, as in an advertisement.
- To write one's signature on the back of (a check) to obtain the amount payable or to make the amount payable available to a third party or to the bearer.
- To write one's signature on the back of (an instrument) to transfer the rights available under that instrument to another party.
- To place (one's signature), as on a contract, to indicate approval of its contents or terms.
- To acknowledge (receipt of payment) by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument.
Origin of endorseMiddle English endosen, to sign (a document, originally by writing on its back), approve, from Anglo-Norman endosser, from Medieval Latin indorsāre : Latin in-, upon, in; see en–1 + Latin dorsum, back.
- en·dors′er, en·dor′sor
(third-person singular simple present endorses, present participle endorsing, simple past and past participle endorsed)
When a narrow, vertical stripe appears in a coat of arms, it is usually termed a pallet when used as the primary charge in the absence of a pale. The term endorse is typically used only when the stripes flank a central and wider pale. Diminutive stripes flanking other ordinaries are termed cottises.
Alteration influenced by Medieval Latin indorsare of Middle English endosse, from Old French endosser (“to put on back”), from Latin dossum, alternative form of dorsum (“back”), from which also dorsal (“of the back”). That is, the ‘r’ was dropped in Latin dossum, which developed into Old French and then Middle English endosse, and then the ‘r’ was re-introduced into English via the Medieval Latin indorsare, which had retained the ‘r’. Note that the alternative spelling indorse also uses the initial ‘i’ from Latin (in-, rather than en-), but this form is now rare.
endorse - Investment & Finance Definition
To sign one’s name on a document, the back of a check, or another negotiable instrument. The signature serves as an authorization to follow the directions on the document.