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endow

[ en-dou ]
/ ɛnˈdaʊ /
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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.
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Origin of endow

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

OTHER WORDS FROM endow

en·dow·er, nounre·en·dow, verb (used with object)su·per·en·dow, verb (used with object)un·en·dow·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endow

endow
/ (ɪnˈdaʊ) /

verb (tr)
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 of endow

endower, noun

Word Origin for endow

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