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endow

[en-dou] /ɛnˈdaʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide with a permanent fund or source of income:
to endow a college.
2.
to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip:
Nature has endowed her with great ability.
3.
Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
verb (used without object)
4.
(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.
Origin of endow
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English endowen < Old French endouer, equivalent to en- en-1 + douer < Latin dōtāre to dower, equivalent to dōt- (stem of dōs) dowry + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
endower, noun
reendow, verb (used with object)
superendow, verb (used with object)
unendowed, adjective
unendowing, adjective
well-endowed, adjective
Synonyms
2. invest, clothe, endue.
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  • Youth is prone to endow its opinions with all the dignity of certain knowledge.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • What was lacking in his power that he could not endow them with life?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Small beginnings of the fortune that was to found and endow asylums!

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • What he did was to endow the church with this admirable piece of head-gear.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • But He will endow her with all His wealth, and raise her to sit with Him on a throne forever.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • I do not endow her with my worldly goods, for thou knowest I have none.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • For their art, there was not worth enough in it to endow it with any lasting vitality.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for endow

endow

/ɪnˈdaʊ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
2.
(usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
3.
(obsolete) to provide with a dower
Derived Forms
endower, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French endouer, from en-1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry
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Word Origin and History for endow
v.

late 14c., indowen "provide an income for," from Anglo-French endover, from en- "in" + Old French douer "endow," from Latin dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowed; endowing.

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