endorse vs support what difference

what is difference between endorse and support


Alternative forms

  • indorse


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.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɔɹs/, /ɛnˈdɔɹs/
  • (Received Pronunciation, General Australian) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɔːs/


endorse (third-person singular simple present endorses, present participle endorsing, simple past and past participle endorsed)

  1. To express support or approval, especially officially or publicly.
  2. 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.
  3. To give an endorsement.
  4. (medicine) To report (a symptom); to describe.

Derived terms

  • disendorse
  • endorsement

Related terms

  • dorsal



endorse (plural endorses)

  1. (heraldry) A diminutive of the pale, usually appearing in pairs on either side of a pale.

Usage notes

When a narrow, vertical stripe appears in a coat of arms, it is usually termed a pallet when used as the primary charge in the absence of a pale. The term endorse is typically used only when the stripes flank a central and wider pale. Diminutive stripes flanking other ordinaries are termed cottises.

Related terms

  • endorsed




  • Edensor



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səˈpɔːt/, [səˈpʰɔːt]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /səˈpɔɹt/, [səˈpʰɔɹt], [səˈpʰoɹt]
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /səˈpo(ː)ɹt/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /səˈpoət/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
  • Hyphenation: sup‧port

Etymology 1

From Middle English supporten, from Old French supporter, from Latin supportō. Displaced Old English underwreþian and Old English fultum.


support (third-person singular simple present supports, present participle supporting, simple past and past participle supported)

  1. (transitive) To keep from falling.
    Synonyms: underprop, uphold, stut
  2. (transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
  3. (transitive) To back a cause, party, etc., mentally or with concrete aid.
    Antonym: oppose
  4. (transitive) To help, particularly financially.
  5. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
    • 1754, Jonathan Edwards, The Freedom of the Will
      to urge such arguments, as though they were sufficient to support and demonstrate a whole scheme of moral philosophy
  6. (transitive) To serve, as in a customer-oriented mindset; to give support to.
  7. (transitive) To be designed (said of machinery, electronics, or computers, or their parts, accessories, peripherals, or programming) to function compatibly with or provide the capacity for.
  8. (transitive) To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
  9. (archaic) To endure without being overcome; bear; undergo; to tolerate.
    • This fierce demeanour and his insolence / The patience of a god could not support.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      For a strong affection such moments are worth supporting, and they will end well; for your advocate is in your lover’s heart and speaks her own language []
  10. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
Derived terms
  • supportable
  • supported
  • supportive

Etymology 2

From Middle English support, from Anglo-Norman and Middle French support. Displaced Old English underwreþung.


support (countable and uncountable, plural supports)

  1. (sometimes attributive) Something which supports.
  2. Financial or other help.
  3. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
    Hyponyms: first-level support, second-level support, third-level support
  4. (mathematics) in relation to a function, the set of points where the function is not zero, or the closure of that set.
    Antonym: kernel
  5. (fuzzy set theory) A set whose elements are at least partially included in a given fuzzy set (i.e., whose grade of membership in that fuzzy set is strictly greater than zero).
  6. Evidence.
  7. (computing) Compatibility and functionality for a given product or feature.
  8. An actor playing a subordinate part with a star.
  9. An accompaniment in music.
  10. (gymnastics) Clipping of support position.
  11. (structural analysis) Horizontal, vertical or rotational support of structures: movable, hinged, fixed. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  • moral support
  • (military): combat support
Derived terms
  • support act
  • support group



From the verb supporter.


  • IPA(key): /sy.pɔʁ/


support m (plural supports)

  1. support
  2. base
  3. (heraldry) supporter

Further reading

  • “support” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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