- to invest or endow with some gift, quality, or faculty.
- to put on; assume: Hamlet endued the character of a madman.
- to clothe.
Origin of endue
1350–1400; Middle English endewen to induct, initiate < Anglo-French, Old French enduire < Latin indūcere to lead in, cover, induce
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Examples from the Web for endued
It was endued with a personality feminine, insidious and persuasive.The Vagrant Duke
He was endued with all virtues, and wanted nothing to complete his happiness but an heir.The Arabian Nights
Aye, so endued was he with good conditions that there was none bad in him, but good only.Aucassin and Nicolette
She knew what the fever was; but she seemed to be endued with a courage which was more than human.Work and Win
We seem to start out of ourselves—to be endued, for the time, with new energies.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
- (usually foll by with) to invest or provide, as with some quality or trait
- rare (foll by with) to clothe or dress (in)
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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