endow

verb

en·​dow in-ˈdau̇ How to pronounce endow (audio)
en-
endowed; endowing; endows

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Roz and her husband also endowed the chair of Jewish studies at Brite Divinity School at TCU. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 That’s the outcome of a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which endowed the IRS with $80 billion in new funding over 10 years. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Then, at some point, some lineages of eukaryotic cells picked up this toolkit, which eventually endowed cells in multicellular organisms with a way to die for the greater good. Quanta Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 Other spending was focused on academic programs, including research (17.5%) and endowed faculty positions (11.1 %), operation and maintenance of campus facilities (7.4%), and other purposes (16.4 %). Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 This was Coppola’s bid to take his place among the cinema’s image-masters, such as F. W. Murnau and King Vidor, who took bare-bones stories of an abstracted simplicity—at the edge of legend—and endowed them with overwhelming power through sheer visual impact. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2024 Merrick was doubly tormented by such mistreatment, as he was endowed with a sensitive personality and an artistic temperament. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 How could lifeless plant matter be endowed with roots? Douglas Main, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2024 These experiences have endowed her with a unique perspective on technology and its applications. Tyler Giruoud, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of endow was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Endow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endow. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

endow

verb
en·​dow in-ˈdau̇ How to pronounce endow (audio)
1
: to provide with money for support or maintenance
2
: to furnish with something freely or naturally
humans are endowed with reason

Legal Definition

endow

transitive verb
en·​dow in-ˈdau̇ How to pronounce endow (audio)
: 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
Etymology

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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