- 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.
- (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
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2. invest, clothe, endue.
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Examples from the Web for unendowed
But woe to him who, unendowed by nature with their gifts, seeks to imitate them.American Big-Game Hunting
Plants are unendowed with organs of locomotion, their food must therefore be within easy reach.The Stock-Feeder's Manual
Charles Alexander Cameron
He has no longer to compare the moral and religious influence of an endowed, with that of an unendowed clergy.Four Introductory Lectures on Political Economy
Nassau W. Senior
As hospitia or diversoria literarum signified the unendowed house, so domus or aula scholarium signified the endowed house.Cambridge
Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
Rights and powrers can only belong to persons, not to things, not to mere matter, unendowed with will.
- 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
C14: from Old French endouer, from en- 1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry
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Word Origin and History for unendowed
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