Endorsing

endorse

[en-dawrs]
verb (used with object), endorsed, endorsing. Also, indorse (for defs 1–6).
1.
to approve, support, or sustain: to endorse a political candidate.
2.
to designate oneself as payee of (a check) by signing, usually on the reverse side of the instrument.
3.
to sign one's name on (a commercial document or other instrument).
4.
to make over (a stated amount) to another as payee by one's endorsement.
5.
to write (something) on the back of a document, paper, etc.: to endorse instructions; to endorse one's signature.
6.
to acknowledge (payment) by placing one's signature on a bill, draft, etc.
noun
7.
Heraldry. a narrow pale, about one quarter the usual width and usually repeated several times.

Origin:
1350–1400; variant (with en- for in-) of earlier indorse < Medieval Latin indorsāre to endorse, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -dorsāre, derivative of dorsum back; replacing endoss, Middle English endossen < Old French endosser, equivalent to en- en-1 + -dosser, derivative of dos < Latin dorsum

endorsable, adjective
endorser, endorsor, noun
endorsingly, adverb
endorsive, adjective
preendorse, verb (used with object), preendorsed, preendorsing.
reendorse, verb (used with object), reendorsed, reendorsing.
subendorse, verb (used with object), subendorsed, subendorsing.
superendorse, verb (used with object), superendorsed, superendorsing.
unendorsable, adjective
unendorsed, adjective
well-endorsed, adjective

approve, endorse (see synonym study at approve).


1. sanction, ratify, uphold, sustain, back, second.
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endorse or indorse (ɪnˈdɔːs)
 
vb
1.  to give approval or sanction to
2.  to sign (one's name) on the back of (a cheque, etc) to specify oneself as payee
3.  commerce
 a.  to sign the back of (a negotiable document) to transfer ownership of the rights to a specified payee
 b.  to specify (a designated sum) as transferable to another as payee
4.  to write (a qualifying comment, recommendation, etc) on the back of a document
5.  to sign (a document), as when confirming receipt of payment
6.  chiefly (Brit) to record (a conviction) on (a driving licence)
 
[C16: from Old French endosser to put on the back, from en-1 + dos back, from Latin dorsum]
 
indorse or indorse
 
vb
 
[C16: from Old French endosser to put on the back, from en-1 + dos back, from Latin dorsum]
 
en'dorsable or indorse
 
adj
 
in'dorsable or indorse
 
adj
 
en'dorser or indorse
 
n
 
en'dorsor or indorse
 
n
 
in'dorser or indorse
 
n
 
in'dorsor or indorse
 
n

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endorse
late 14c., from O.Fr. endosser, lit. "to put on back," from en- "put on" + dos "back," from L. dossum, var. of dorsum. Sense of "confirm, approve" (by signing on the back) is first recorded in Eng. 1847. Assimilated in form to M.L. 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]
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