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 : to furnish with an income; especially : to make a grant of money providing for the continuing support or maintenance of <endow a hospital>
2 : to furnish with a dower
3 : to provide with something freely or naturally <endowed with a good sense of humor>
Examples of endow in a sentence
The wealthy couple endowed a new wing of the hospital.
She plans to endow a faculty position at the university.
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
Rhymes with endow
Aargau, allow, and how, ant cow, as how, avow, Belau, Bissau, bowwow, Breslau, cacao, cahow, Callao, cash cow, chowchow, chow chow, Cracow, Dachau, Davao, Donau, enow, erenow, eyebrow, gangplow, Hankow, hausfrau, haymow, highbrow, hoosegow, jiao, Jungfrau, know-how, kowtow, Kraków, landau, lowbrow, luau, Lucknow, Macao, mau-mau, meow, Moscow, nohow, Palau, powwow, sea cow, snowplow, somehow, Spandau, Zwickau
ENDOW Defined for Kids
Definition of endow for Students
1 : to provide with money for support <The millionaire endowed a scholarship.>
2 : to provide with something freely or naturally <Humans are endowed with reason.>
Legal Definition of endow
: to furnish with income; especially : to make a grant of money providing for the continuing support or maintenance of <a scholarship endowed by the testator>
Origin of endow
Anglo-French endower, from Old French en-, prefix stressing completion + douer to endow, from Latin dotare, from dot-, dos gift, dowry
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