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endowment

[en-dou-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of endowing.
  2. the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
  3. Usually endowments. an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature.
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Origin of endowment

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
Related formsnon·en·dow·ment, nounre·en·dow·ment, noun

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2. gift, grant, bequest. 3. capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability.
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endowment

noun
    1. the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
    2. the income itself
  1. the act or process of endowing
  2. (usually plural) natural talents or qualities
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Word Origin and History for endowment

n.

mid-15c., "action of endowing," from endow + -ment. Meaning "property with which an institution or person is endowed" is from 1590s; that of "gift, power, advantage" is early 17c.

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