Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing like the pale, but of one fourth its width.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To cover the back of; to load or burden.
  • transitive verb To write upon the back or outside of a paper or letter, as a direction, heading, memorandum, or address.
  • transitive verb (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.).
  • transitive verb To give one's name or support to; to sanction; to aid by approval; to approve.
  • transitive verb to write one's name on the back of a note or bill, leaving a blank to be filled by the holder.

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

  • verb UK, India, rare Alternative form of endorse.

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

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

Etymologies

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’; 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’.

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