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endue

[en-doo, -dyoo] /ɛnˈdu, -ˈdyu/
verb (used with object), endued, enduing.
1.
to invest or endow with some gift, quality, or faculty.
2.
to put on; assume:
Hamlet endued the character of a madman.
3.
to clothe.
Also, indue.
Origin of endue
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English endewen to induct, initiate < Anglo-French, Old French enduire < Latin indūcere to lead in, cover, induce
Related forms
unendued, adjective
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  • And with Love we cannot endue him, for that is desire in its supreme degree.

    The Hidden Power

    Thomas Troward
  • Nothing was wanting to endue that drive with every illusion of a dream.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Only a people like the French can endue fashion with absolutism.

  • But did not you yourself come all the way from France to endue him with the duchy of Touraine?

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • But can you give little Gerda nothing to take which will endue her with power over the whole?

    Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Surely God did not endue us with the power of hoping that we might fling it all away on trivial, transient things.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • With the first puff dawns a serenity with which neither faith nor philosophy had been able to endue the journey hitherto.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Lutaif lamented bitterly that we had no European clothes with which to endue ourselves, and properly impress the Kaid.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • O may God give me learning, even language; and endue me with qualifications to magnify His name while I live.

  • The copies, both quarto and folio, read, endue our other healthful members even to a sense of pain.

British Dictionary definitions for endue

endue

/ɪnˈdjuː/
verb (transitive) -dues, -duing, -dued
1.
(usually foll by with) to invest or provide, as with some quality or trait
2.
(rare) (foll by with) to clothe or dress (in)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French enduire, from Latin indūcere, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for endue
v.

also indue, c.1400, from Old French enduire "lead, drive, initiate, indoctrinate" (12c.), from Latin inducere "to lead" (see induce). Related: Endued.

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