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endow

[en-dou]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income: to endow a college.
  2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip: Nature has endowed her with great ability.
  3. Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.
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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
Related 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

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Related Words

full, fertile, splendid, lush, valuable, plentiful, elegant, expensive, gorgeous, smart, swank, swell, fancy, grand, chic, fine, plush, enriched, blessed, supplied

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well-endowed

adjective (well endowed when postpositive)
  1. having a large supply of money, resources, etc
  2. informal having a large penis
  3. informal having large breasts
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endow

verb (tr)
  1. to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
  2. (usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
  3. obsolete to provide with a dower
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Derived Formsendower, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French endouer, from en- 1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry
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Word Origin and History for well-endowed

adj.

1680s, "with ample material endowments," from well (adv.) + past participle of endow. Sexual sense is attested from 1951.

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endow

v.

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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