Definition of endow
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 of endow from the Web
A shy woman (Halle Berry), endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.
Mr. Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups in his native Hungary and elsewhere, founded the C.E.U. in 1991 and endowed it to operate as an independent American institution in Hungary.
Its wild mercantilism put Genoa in contact with the world, endowing it with the wealth and architectural and artistic grandeur of a city like Venice, and the grit of a port city like Marseille.
Congress can choose another way: Deregulating industry will provide women with more professional choices, and amending rigid labor laws will endow employers with the flexibility to provide flexibility.
Pritzker and his wife gave $100 million to Northwestern’s law school, which included endowing the wrongful conviction center.
Along with this generous funding comes grants from more than a dozen foundations, including one handsomely endowed by financier-philanthropist George Soros.
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Origin and Etymology of endow
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
ENDOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of endow for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of endow for Students
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.
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
Origin and Etymology of 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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