endow

verb
en·​dow | \ in-ˈdau̇ How to pronounce endow (audio) , 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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Though born in a house with dirt floors, Mr. Zombanakis earned degrees in economics and public administration at Harvard University, where a professorship of international finance was endowed in his name in 2010. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Greek Banker Devised Formula for Libor, Headed London Operations of U.S. Firms," 1 Jan. 2019 One of the brand’s sophisticated gray parkas is endowed with practical cargo pockets. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Think Your Clothes Have Enough Pockets? Think Again," 6 Sep. 2018 The couple, whose daughter attends Duke, will then contribute $10 million to permanently endow the gap-year program. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Welcome to College. Now Take a Year Off," 25 Dec. 2018 That’s in large part due to its UNESCO status, endowed upon the region in 2000 for its architectural and agricultural history. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 Kempowski, who endowed his characters with autobiographical traits, died in 2007 at the age of 78. New York Times, "750,000 Germans Fled East Prussia in 1945. A Novelist Imagines One Family’s Exodus.," 25 May 2018 Watson seemed to be endowed with the kind of clerical skills humans use on a host of real-world problems. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce endow (audio) \
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 How to pronounce endow (audio) \

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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