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Endorse

endorse


also
in·dorse
[in-dȯrs]

vt
en·dorsed also: in·dorsed
en·dors·ing also: in·dors·ing
[Anglo-French endosser endorser and Medieval Latin indorsare , both ultimately from Latin in on + dorsum back]
1 : to write on the back of
;esp
: to sign one's name as payee on the back of (an instrument) in order to receive the cash or credit represented on the face [ a check]
2 : to inscribe (as one's signature or a notation accompanied by one's signature) on an instrument (as a note or bill) esp. to transfer or guarantee it
3 : to transfer (an instrument) to another by inscribing one's signature [assume that payee s a note to creditor as security for a debt "Uniform Commercial Code "]
4 : to inscribe (as an official document) with a notation (as of date or title)

endorse in blank
: to inscribe (an instrument) with a blank endorsement



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.