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.
- 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.
Origin of endorse
- 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
- 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.