- 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 well-endowed
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And is it true that David Duchovny [her co-star in the 2004 comedy Connie and Carla] is well-endowed?My Big Fat Greek Book Tour: Nia Vardalos Promotes ‘Instant Mom’
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A well-endowed University, and seminaries of learning are there.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
Our village was blessed amongst other things with a well-endowed school.Tom Brown's School Days
Our village was blessed, amongst other things, with a well-endowed school.Tom Brown at Rugby
If they failed, there were always some unspoiled, well-endowed barbarians to step forward and “carry on.”The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
It was a noble, a well-endowed, and an independent institution; and it proffered education as a boon.The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed.
- having a large supply of money, resources, etc
- informal having a large penis
- informal having large breasts
- 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
Word Origin and History for well-endowed
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