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[en-dou] /ɛnˈdaʊ/
verb (used with object)
to provide with a permanent fund or source of income:
to endow a college.
to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip:
Nature has endowed her with great ability.
Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
verb (used without object)
(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.
Origin of endow
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
2. invest, clothe, endue. Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
(usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for endow

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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