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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • unendowed as we are, with any faculty of foreseeing the future, it may be difficult for us to conceive of such a faculty in God.

  • Plants are unendowed with organs of locomotion, their food must therefore be within easy reach.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • Dont fling your mothers money into the bottomless pit of this unendowed, burnt-out, unpopular enterprise!

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • He has no longer to compare the moral and religious influence of an endowed, with that of an unendowed clergy.

  • Individual enterprise, unendowed but unfettered, built the main buttresses of the British colonial empire.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • Rights and powrers can only belong to persons, not to things, not to mere matter, unendowed with will.

  • But woe to him who, unendowed by nature with their gifts, seeks to imitate them.

  • Five of the houses are endowed, and the pensioners pass on in rotation from the unendowed to the endowed rooms.

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • As hospitia or diversoria literarum signified the unendowed house, so domus or aula scholarium signified the endowed house.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • Her gifts, if she had any, were of another sort; and she was by no means willing to think of herself as one unendowed with gifts.

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for unendowed


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 unendowed



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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