endow

verb en·dow \ in-ˈdau̇ , en- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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

Examples of endow in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

endow Synonyms


ENDOW Defined for English Language Learners

endow

verb

Definition of endow for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

endow

verb en·dow \ in-ˈdau̇ \

Definition of endow for Students

endowed; endowing
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.

Law Dictionary

endow

transitive verb 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

Origin and Etymology 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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