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  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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    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


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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