- To endow is defined as to provide a quality, a talent, an asset or funding.
- An example of endow is when a parent passes on his intelligence to his child and the child is endowed with intelligence.
- An example of endow is when you give money to a university to build a library or set up a scholarship fund.
- to provide with some talent, quality, etc.: endowed with courage
- to think of as having some quality or characteristic: to endow gods with human traits
- to give money or property so as to provide an income for the support of (a college, hospital, etc.)
- Obsolete to provide with a dower
Origin: Middle English endouen ; from Anglo-French endouer ; from Old French en-, inch(es) plush dotare, to endow ; from dos: see dot
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transitive verb en·dowed, en·dow·ing, en·dows
- To provide with property, income, or a source of income.
- a. To equip or supply with a talent or quality: Nature endowed you with a beautiful singing voice.b. To imagine as having a usually favorable trait or quality: endowed the family pet with human intelligence.
- Obsolete To provide with a dower.
Origin: Middle English endowen, from Anglo-Norman endouer : Old French en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + Old French douer, to provide with a dowry (from Latin dōtāre, from dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots).