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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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  • I wonder what would happen if an Act of Parliament were to endow genius!

    A Novelist on Novels W. L. George
  • Age does not endow all things with strength and virtue, nor are all new things to be despised.

    America First Various
  • And the fourth said, “When the animal has its limbs properly developed, I know how to endow it with life.”

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • “With all his worldly goods her to endow,” completed for her the Minor Poet.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • They not only build and endow libraries, but they actually utilize them—spoil their eyes over musty, misty, mazy volumes.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • But man who does not endow with life, must not distribute death.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • Hence the especial office of the poet with reference to science is to endow it with a human interest.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
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
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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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