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[en-dou-muh nt] /ɛnˈdaʊ mənt/
the act of endowing.
the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
Usually, endowments. an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature.
Origin of endowment
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
Related forms
nonendowment, noun
reendowment, noun
2. gift, grant, bequest. 3. capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability. Unabridged
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  • He enhanced the endowment by diligent study in the high school at Prato, in Tuscany, where he spent his boyhood.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • The existence of this endowment is perhaps not as widely known as it should be.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Take an extreme case and suppose a man who has just received forgiveness for his past and the endowment of a new nature.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • It cost altogether 150,000, and when finished it would need an endowment.

    Chelsea G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
  • We have received in addition to this $1,000 for an endowment Fund.

British Dictionary definitions for endowment


  1. the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
  2. the income itself
the act or process of endowing
(usually pl) natural talents or qualities
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Word Origin and History for endowment

mid-15c., "action of endowing," from endow + -ment. Meaning "property with which an institution or person is endowed" is from 1590s; that of "gift, power, advantage" is early 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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