Endorse Definition

endorsed, endorses, endorsing, indorsed, indorses, indorsing
endorsed, endorses, endorsing
To write on the back of (a document)
Webster's New World
To write a note, title, etc. on (a document)
Webster's New World
To give approval to; support; sanction.
To endorse a candidate.
Webster's New World
To state, as in an advertisement, that one approves of (a product, service, etc.), often in return for a fee.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage

(heraldry) A diminutive of the pale, usually appearing in pairs on either side of a pale.


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Origin of Endorse

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle 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 en–1 Latin dorsum back

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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