en·dow·ment noun \-mənt\
: 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
: something that is endowed; specifically : the part of an institution's income derived from donations
: natural capacity, power, or ability <a person of great intellectual endowment>
Examples of ENDOWMENT
- The hospital's endowment was established by a local family.
- The college has a large endowment.
- the endowment of a hospital wing
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