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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Globe reported in May that Yale, among other elite schools, publicly advertised on its website pricetags for endowing coaches — $2 million for a baseball coach’s position, named after the donor family, for instance. Beth Healy, BostonGlobe.com, "Yale vows tighter rules on coaching endowments," 29 July 2019 In the realm of writing, particularly, a crummy life, made the best of, tends to endow talent with thoughtfulness and ingenuity. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Living Virtuously and Writing Well," 23 Jan. 2020 The fees paid by the 450 who came generated a profit of SFr25,000 ($75,000 in today’s money), which Mr Schwab used to endow the European Management Forum. The Economist, "A tour of the Magic Mountain Can the World Economic Forum keep its mojo?," 16 Jan. 2020 Now, by endowing a line of mosquitoes with an antibody against the virus, researchers have for the first time made insects that—at least in lab tests—appear unable to spread any form of the disease. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Genetically engineered mosquitoes resist spreading any form of dengue," 16 Jan. 2020 The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences; endowed professorships at the School of Medicine. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 5 Dec. 2019 The show emphasized Saar as a sort of political conjurer, endowing the everyday totems of subjugation with the vibrations of liberation. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "MOMA’s Heady Introduction to Betye Saar, “The Conscience of the Art World”," 24 Oct. 2019 Philanthropists Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine provided the funding to the nonprofit Better Angels Society to endow the award through the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Library of Congress, Ken Burns Unveil Inaugural Documentary Prize," 16 Oct. 2019 But where some writers might endow those onlookers with envy or suspicion, Prescott instead paints the group as nosy but caring, curious but protective, all-knowing but discreet. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Secrets, All-Seeing Secretaries and a CIA Mission to Publish an Infamous Love Story," 19 Sep. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endow. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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