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[en-doo, -dyoo] /ɛnˈdu, -ˈdyu/
verb (used with object), endued, enduing.
to invest or endow with some gift, quality, or faculty.
to put on; assume:
Hamlet endued the character of a madman.
to clothe.
Also, indue.
Origin of endue
1350-1400; Middle English endewen to induct, initiate < Anglo-French, Old French enduire < Latin indūcere to lead in, cover, induce
Related forms
unendued, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It was endued with a personality feminine, insidious and persuasive.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • He was endued with all virtues, and wanted nothing to complete his happiness but an heir.

  • Aye, so endued was he with good conditions that there was none bad in him, but good only.

  • She knew what the fever was; but she seemed to be endued with a courage which was more than human.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • We seem to start out of ourselves—to be endued, for the time, with new energies.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • This bare skeleton of the event was endued ‘with sense and soul’ by the narrator.

  • You are the children of the Most High, endued with powers and blessings.

  • It is yellowish, and endued with a very acrid burning taste.

  • The soul has a power of thought, with which mere matter can never be endued.

  • But of these "faculties" he gives no other account than that God has "furnished" or "endued" us with them.


    Thomas Fowler
British Dictionary definitions for endued


verb (transitive) -dues, -duing, -dued
(usually foll by with) to invest or provide, as with some quality or trait
(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 endued



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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