American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Variant of endorse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To place something on the back of; burden; load.
- To write one's name, or some brief remark, statement, or memorandum, on the back of (a paper or document), as in assigning, or guaranteeing the payment of, a note or bill of exchange, or in briefing or docketing legal papers, invoices, etc.: as, the bill was indorsed to the bank; he was looking for a friend to indorse his note; a letter indorsed “London, 1868”: loosely used of writing added upon any part of a document.
- To sanction; ratify; approve: as, to indorse a statement or the opinions of another.
- In heraldry, to place back to back.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing like the pale, but of one fourth its width. It may be borne in any part of the field, and is commonly charged one indorse on each side of the pale. It is often considered a subordinary.
- v. UK, India, rare Alternative form of endorse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To cover the back of; to load or burden.
- v. To write upon the back or outside of a paper or letter, as a direction, heading, memorandum, or address.
- v. (Law & Com.) To write one's name, alone or with other words, upon the back of (a paper), for the purpose of transferring it, or to secure the payment of a note, draft, or the like; to guarantee the payment, fulfillment, performance, or validity of, or to certify something upon the back of (a check, draft, writ, warrant of arrest, etc.).
- v. To give one's name or support to; to sanction; to aid by approval; to approve.
- v. give support or one's approval to
- v. sign as evidence of legal transfer
- v. guarantee as meeting a certain standard
- v. be behind; approve of
- 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’; at the same time the ‘e’ (French) was changed to ‘i’ (Latin) (in-, rather than en-). Note that the alternative form endorse is now more common, retaining the restored ‘r’ but reverting to the initial ‘e’, rather than the Latinate ‘i’. (Wiktionary)
“Here he suddenly halted, turned his hawk's eye on Mac and said: "Why, sir, here's the word indorse misspelled.”
“We indorse the platform of the socialist party, and accept it as the declaration of principles of our organization.”
“I forgot to indorse the Bill untill after it was gone, and so made a botch of it.”
“By some henidical process — henidical, by the way is a favorite word of mine which nobody understands — by some henidical process you persuade yourself that you believe in the competitive system and the survival of the strong, and at the same time you indorse with might and main all sorts of measures to shear the strength from the strong.”
“John Edwards and the other supers can end this race if they indorse Obama and not wait on Hillary to get money and her act together.”
“They intimidate and threaten Superdelegates if they indorse Obama, they will feel the Clinton raft if they do so.”
“My motive for withholding it from the coroner's inquiry is that a man of science shrinks from placing himself in the public position of seeming to indorse a popular superstition.”
“He is stating merely that the chambers indisputably exist and that there is clearly some division of opinion about what their function was - that he has not investigated sufficiently to enable him to indorse either position an agnostic view on an ancillary matter of evidence and not relevant to the issue of whether a holocaust occurred.”
““By no means necessary,” answered Bindloose, “the bill is quite right; but it is usual to indorse, sir.””
“Why would anyone think the SR would indorse Goldmark?”
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Commonly used words with multiple meanings, the others being obscure or rarely used. Good to know for that dang analogy exam.
On the model of insure/ensure.
Words and phrases used in blazoning heraldic devices, along with names and other terms associated with the art and science.
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