[en-doo, -dyoo]
verb (used with object), en·dued, en·du·ing.
  1. to invest or endow with some gift, quality, or faculty.
  2. to put on; assume: Hamlet endued the character of a madman.
  3. 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 enduing

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

Examples from the Web for enduing

Historical Examples of enduing

  • This net has the power of enduing a prayer with wings, and all the appearance of a bird.

  • In the meantime the morphine had its customary effect—that of enduing all the external world with an intensity of interest.

  • Disgrace it is by the common consent of men--by long and enduing opinion--it would almost seem by the just judgment of God.

    The Headsman

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for enduing



verb -dues, -duing or -dued (tr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to invest or provide, as with some quality or trait
  2. 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 enduing



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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