Endow meaning

ĕn-dou
To give money or property so as to provide an income for the support of (a college, hospital, etc.)
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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.

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To provide with property, income, or a source of income.
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To think of as having some quality or characteristic.

To endow gods with human traits.

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To enrich or furnish with anything of the nature of a gift (as a quality or faculty); — followed by with, rarely by of; as, man is endowed by his Maker with reason; to endow with privileges or benefits.
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To be furnished with something naturally.

She was endowed with a beautiful voice.

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To provide with a dower.
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To provide with some talent, quality, etc.

Endowed with courage.

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To provide with a dower.
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To furnish with money or its equivalent, as a permanent fund for support; to make pecuniary provision for; to settle an income upon; especially, to furnish with dower; as, to endow a wife; to endow a public institution.
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To bestow freely.
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Origin of endow

  • Middle English endowen from Anglo-Norman endouer Old French en- intensive pref. en–1 Old French douer to provide with a dowry (from Latin dōtāre) (from dōs dōt- dowry dō- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English endowen, from Anglo-Norman endover, en- + Old French douer (from Latin dōtāre (“to endow”), from dōs, dōtis ("dowry")).

    From Wiktionary