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endow

[en-dou]
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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.
  3. Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.
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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 formsen·dow·er, nounre·en·dow, verb (used with object)su·per·en·dow, verb (used with object)un·en·dowed, adjectiveun·en·dow·ing, adjectivewell-en·dowed, adjective

Synonyms

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2. invest, clothe, endue.
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Examples from the Web for endowing

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Historical Examples

  • The founding or endowing of universities and public libraries by gift or bequest.

  • When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life.

    The Lyric

    John Drinkwater

  • Since King David, Allah has not thought of endowing his prophets with musical talent.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He is endowing four scholarships to study the twenty per cent.

  • Mr Carnegie, in endowing education, is endowing that which he has publicly condemned.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley


British Dictionary definitions for endowing

endow

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsendower, 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 endowing

endow

v.

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.

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