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endowment

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noun en·dow·ment \-mənt\

Simple Definition of endowment

  • : a large amount of money that has been given to a school, hospital, etc., and that is used to pay for its creation and continuing support

  • : the act of providing money to create or support a school, organization, etc.

  • : a person's natural ability or talent

Full Definition of endowment

  1. 1 :  the act or process of endowing

  2. 2 :  something that is endowed; specifically :  the part of an institution's income derived from donations

  3. 3 :  natural capacity, power, or ability <a person of great intellectual endowment>

Examples of endowment

  1. The hospital's endowment was established by a local family.

  2. The college has a large endowment.

  3. the endowment of a hospital wing



15th Century

First Known Use of endowment

15th century


ENDOWMENT Defined for Kids

endowment

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noun en·dow·ment \in-ˈdau̇-mənt\

Definition of endowment

  1. 1 :  the act of providing money for support

  2. 2 :  money provided for support <a college's endowment>





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