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 & Antonyms for endow


finance, fund, subsidize


defund, disendow

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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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Guiry hopes that safety will improve with the arrival of three carriages en route from Mexico, which will endow drivers with a better view of the road. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Cambodia," 4 June 2018 Thus endowed with a centripetal, unifying geography that encouraged a single language, the easy exchange of ideas, and favored the emergence of a continental power, North America stood ready to achieve world primacy. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The only ones known that are so endowed are the lampreys. The Economist, "Three-eyed lizards are not uncommon. Four-eyed ones are a novelty," 5 Apr. 2018 This will create a suite of endowed professorships in cancer research, tied to research funds that will convey U-M’s commitment to discovery and innovation. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan donors' $150 million gift to spur cancer research," 29 Mar. 2018 Furth made a fortune with his law practice and lived a flamboyant lifestyle, yet gave away millions to endow a small Catholic primary school in San Francisco in memory of his late daughter. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Memorial set for Fred Furth, noted SF attorney and Sonoma County vintner," 11 July 2018 Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, provided $1.5 million in seed money to endow the position Christopher held — the Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care — after her tenure as president. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Myra Christopher, longtime leader of Center for Practical Bioethics in KC, retires," 1 July 2018 His team has coaxed stem cells endowed with Neanderthal DNA into pea-size masses that mimic the cortex, the outer layer of real brains. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: Neanderthal “minibrains” grown in dish.," 20 June 2018 Mittleman tooled around on YouTube and was struck by an Italian girl, modest in physique but endowed with considerable power: Camila Giorgi. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Camila Giorgi Has Talent to Stay on Tour, But Finding Finances a Struggle," 10 Jan. 2014

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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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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


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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