View synonyms for endow


[ en-dou ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income:

    to endow a college.

  2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip:

    Nature has endowed her with great ability.

    Synonyms: endue, clothe, invest

  3. Obsolete. to provide with a dower.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.


/ ɪnˈdaʊ /


  1. to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
  2. usually foll by with to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
  3. obsolete.
    to provide with a dower

Discover More

Derived Forms

  • enˈdower, noun

Discover More

Other Words From

  • en·dow·er noun
  • re·en·dow verb (used with object)
  • su·per·en·dow verb (used with object)
  • un·en·dow·ing adjective

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of endow1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English endowen, from Old French endouer, equivalent to en- en- 1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre “to dower,” equivalent to dōt- (stem of dōs ) “dowry” + -āre infinitive suffix

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of endow1

C14: from Old French endouer, from en- 1+ douer , from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry

Discover More

Example Sentences

The company does this to save money, not to give its customers the ability to swap parts around, but it endows the range with a certain degree of Legoability nonetheless.

Thus endowed, both animals were more UV tolerant compared with individuals immersed in only water.

This can endow plants—crops, to put a fine point on it—with a built-in health plan.

Coleman says the company has made versions of the coronavirus whose genes are peppered with 240 mutations that endow it with some of the worst-performing codons.

However with the founding of new walls, the settlement was finally endowed with its own government.

So we now endow somewhat Islamicism, which we would condemn with the greatest contempt if it were a fundamentalist Christianity.

To expect him to control events would be to endow him with a power that no president has possessed.

Just this year, Betsy and Dick Devos, trustees from Michigan, pledged $22 million to endow an art management program.

Nay, by managing its own work and following its own happy inspiration, youth is doing the best it can to endow the leisure of age.

God could not endow him with sinlessness, which is an inalienable portion of Divine perfection.

To endow him with a moderate share of beauty, some one would have been deprived of his, or her good looks.

As we go through this existence we discover secrets with which we endow the liberal and the mechanical arts.

She availed herself of all those immunities and privileges which the gods confer upon young women whom they endow with good looks.


Word of the Day


[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.




endotrophic mycorrhizaendowed