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endow

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verb en·dow \in-ˈdau̇, en-\

Simple Definition of endow

  • : to give a large amount of money to a school, hospital, etc., in order to pay for the creation or continuing support of (something)

  • : to freely or naturally provide (someone or something) with something

Full Definition of endow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with an income; especially :  to make a grant of money providing for the continuing support or maintenance of <endow a hospital>

  3. 2 :  to furnish with a dower

  4. 3 :  to provide with something freely or naturally <endowed with a good sense of humor>

Examples of endow

  1. The wealthy couple endowed a new wing of the hospital.

  2. She plans to endow a faculty position at the university.

  3. The money will be used to endow the museum and research facility.



Origin of endow

Middle English, from Anglo-French endower, from en- + dower, douer to endow, from Latin dotare, from dot-, dos gift, dowry — more at date


First Known Use: 14th century



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