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


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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All proceeds will go to Andrej’s memorial endowed scholarship. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 This summer, the Vikings travel to Honolulu to play Kamehameha, the school that Princess Bernice Pauhai Bishop endowed for native Hawaiians. Rob Ruck, The Conversation, "I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success," 8 Aug. 2019 MiraCosta College has announced another endowed scholarship for the LGBTQIA+ community. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New scholarship from MiraCosta supports LGBTQ students and people of color," 3 Aug. 2019 Inheritance, as a means of endowing privilege, has been of vital importance to people ever since the Neolithic period some ten thousand years ago. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Our Twisted DNA," 7 Mar. 2019 In her 2006 contribution, Alsdorf also endowed a museum curatorial position in Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art and an art history professorship in South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Marilynn Alsdorf, arts patron and collector who gave generously to the Art Institute, dies at 94," 23 Aug. 2019 Hatleberg endows the Biennial with a sense of an America that lies far beyond New York, an America where residents might disagree vehemently with the political viewpoints expressed by most artists participating in the show. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "2019 Whitney Biennial filled with anxiety-ridden artworks that inspire empathy, indict the powerful," 18 Aug. 2019 Ember-roasting endows cabbage — and the eventual slaw — with an intense and inimitable smoke flavor, a fiery technique cooks in the Middle East have used for centuries to transform eggplant into smoky baba ghanouj. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Coleslaw Kissed by Fire," 2 Aug. 2019 The Joyce collection, endowed in 1987 in honor of Notre Dame’s longtime executive vice president Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, owes much of its present collection to a 1977 purchase from Los Angeles sports publications dealer Goodwin Goldfaden. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "For George Rugg, curating Notre Dame's collection of sports gems has been labor of love," 18 June 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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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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