[ en-dou ]
/ ɛnˈdaʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. endotracheal tube,
  2. endotrachelitis,
  3. endotrophic,
  4. endotrophic mycorrhiza,
  5. endovasculitis,
  6. endowment,
  7. endowment assurance,
  8. endowment insurance,
  9. endowment mortgage,
  10. endozoic

Origin of endow

1350–1400; Middle English endowen < Old French endouer, equivalent to en- en-1 + douer < Latin dōtāre to dower, equivalent to dōt- (stem of dōs) dowry + -āre infinitive suffix

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adjective (well endowed when postpositive)

having a large supply of money, resources, etc
informal having a large penis
informal having large breasts


/ (ɪnˈdaʊ) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsendower, noun

Word Origin for endow

C14: from Old French endouer, from en- 1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry

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