endow

verb
en·​dow | \ in-ˈdau̇, en-\
endowed; endowing; endows

Definition of endow 

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for endow

Synonyms

bless, endue (or indue), favor, gift, invest

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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.
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Capote’s central suggestion—that affection endows Christmas more grandly than things—might sound too precious by half, but the lyricism of his language makes his message compellingly plausible. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "An Ode to Holiday Companionship," 21 Dec. 2018 Calculated Healing It’s still early, but in the last few years researchers have routinely endowed cells with rudimentary computing capabilities, says James Collins, another MIT bioengineer and one of the pioneers of synthetic biology. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Much like how new cars keep getting slowly but surely endowed with features like automatic emergency braking or lane keep, BMW apparently wants to start by just helping to cut down on the most avoidable accidents. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "BMW made a self-driving motorcycle," 12 Sep. 2018 Shaw had endowed his flower girl with a much greater gift than a good ear: the ability to be free of her own sculptor. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 The resurgence of Russia as a threatening force in Europe recently has endowed the alliance with renewed purpose. John Hudson, Washington Post, "U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe," 30 June 2018 The resurgence of Russia as a threatening force in Europe recently has endowed the alliance with renewed purpose. chicagotribune.com, "U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe," 29 June 2018 In remembrance of his father, Mackay’s son Clarence endowed the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. Gregory Crouch, Smithsonian, "The Mining Millionaire Americans Couldn’t Help But Love," 6 June 2018 Niu endowed his foundation by taking the unprecedented step of putting into it all of his and his family’s shares in his company, China Mengniu Dairy. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Meet the Chinese Philanthropists Who Are Pledging Big Money to End Climate Change," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of endow

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for endow

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

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endow

verb

English Language Learners 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

endow

verb
en·​dow | \ in-ˈdau̇ \
endowed; endowing

Kids Definition of endow

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.
en·​dow | \ in-ˈdau̇ \

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

History and Etymology for 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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