[en-doo, -dyoo]

verb (used with object), en·dued, en·du·ing.

to invest or endow with some gift, quality, or faculty.
to put on; assume: Hamlet endued the character of a madman.
to clothe.

Also indue.

Origin of endue

1350–1400; Middle English endewen to induct, initiate < Anglo-French, Old French enduire < Latin indūcere to lead in, cover, induce
Related formsun·en·dued, adjective
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Examples from the Web for endue

Historical Examples of endue

  • And with Love we cannot endue him, for that is desire in its supreme degree.

    The Hidden Power

    Thomas Troward

  • Nothing was wanting to endue that drive with every illusion of a dream.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Only a people like the French can endue fashion with absolutism.

  • But did not you yourself come all the way from France to endue him with the duchy of Touraine?

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

  • But can you give little Gerda nothing to take which will endue her with power over the whole?

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

British Dictionary definitions for endue



verb -dues, -duing or -dued (tr)

(usually foll by with) to invest or provide, as with some quality or trait
rare (foll by with) to clothe or dress (in)

Word Origin for endue

C15: from Old French enduire, from Latin indūcere, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for endue

also indue, c.1400, from Old French enduire "lead, drive, initiate, indoctrinate" (12c.), from Latin inducere "to lead" (see induce). Related: Endued.

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