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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To express approval of or give support to, especially by public statement; sanction.
  • transitive verb To recommend (a product), often in exchange for payment, as in an advertisement.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To write one's signature on the back of (an instrument) to transfer the rights available under that instrument to another party.
  • transitive verb To place (one's signature), as on a contract, to indicate approval of its contents or terms.
  • transitive verb To acknowledge (receipt of payment) by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Her.) A subordinary, resembling the pale, but of one fourth its width (according to some writers, one eighth).
  • transitive verb Same as indorse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To support, to back, to give one's approval to, especially officially or by signature.
  • verb To write one's signature on the back of a cheque, or other negotiable instrument, when transferring it to a third party, or cashing it.
  • verb To give an endorsement.
  • noun heraldry A diminutive of the pale, usually appearing in pairs on either side of a pale.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give support or one's approval to
  • verb guarantee as meeting a certain standard
  • verb sign as evidence of legal transfer
  • verb be behind; approve of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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; see en– + Latin dorsum, back.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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