verb (used with object)
to provide with a permanent fund or source of income: to endow a college.
to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip: Nature has endowed her with great ability.
Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
verb (used without object)
(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.
Origin of endow
1350–1400; Middle English endowenRelated formsen·dow·er, nounre·en·dow, verb (used with object)su·per·en·dow, verb (used with object)un·en·dowed, adjectiveun·en·dow·ing, adjectivewell-en·dowed, adjective
< Old French endouer,
equivalent to en- en-1
< Latin dōtāre
to dower, equivalent to dōt-
(stem of dōs
) dowry + -āre
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Examples from the Web for unendowed
Historical Examples of unendowed
But woe to him who, unendowed by nature with their gifts, seeks to imitate them.
Plants are unendowed with organs of locomotion, their food must therefore be within easy reach.
He has no longer to compare the moral and religious influence of an endowed, with that of an unendowed clergy.
As hospitia or diversoria literarum signified the unendowed house, so domus or aula scholarium signified the endowed house.
Rights and powrers can only belong to persons, not to things, not to mere matter, unendowed with will.
British Dictionary definitions for unendowed
Derived Formsendower, noun
to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
(usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
obsolete to provide with a dower
Word Origin for endow
C14: from Old French endouer, from en- 1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry
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Word Origin and History for unendowed
late 14c., indowen "provide an income for," from Anglo-French endover, from en- "in" + Old French douer "endow," from Latin dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowed; endowing.
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