[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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Related Words for endued

grant, provide, invest, dower, award, endow, furnish, indue

Examples from the Web for endued

Historical Examples of endued

  • It was endued with a personality feminine, insidious and persuasive.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • He was endued with all virtues, and wanted nothing to complete his happiness but an heir.

  • Aye, so endued was he with good conditions that there was none bad in him, but good only.

  • She knew what the fever was; but she seemed to be endued with a courage which was more than human.

    Work and Win

    Oliver Optic

  • We seem to start out of ourselves—to be endued, for the time, with new energies.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for endued



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 endued



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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