- 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 endow
So we now endow somewhat Islamicism, which we would condemn with the greatest contempt if it were a fundamentalist Christianity.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
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To expect him to control events would be to endow him with a power that no president has possessed.How Obama Got Fierce on Foreign Policy: James Mann’s 'The Obamians'
June 15, 2012
Just this year, Betsy and Dick Devos, trustees from Michigan, pledged $22 million to endow an art management program.Washington's Richest Power Players
May 19, 2010
Youth is prone to endow its opinions with all the dignity of certain knowledge.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
What was lacking in his power that he could not endow them with life?His Masterpiece
Small beginnings of the fortune that was to found and endow asylums!Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
What he did was to endow the church with this admirable piece of head-gear.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
But He will endow her with all His wealth, and raise her to sit with Him on a throne forever.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- 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 endow
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