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 His next big project: The fund will endow a chair at UCLA’s psychology department for research. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Cavs' Kevin Love is ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner for his efforts in addressing mental health issues," 17 June 2020 Their performance is dedicated to Walter Robb, a former GE executive who endowed the symphony's principal trumpet chair and was a member of the chairman's council. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee arts leaders expect comeback from coronavirus to be slow, gradual and unpredictable," 29 Apr. 2020 Civil rights, of course, come after human rights, and human rights are endowed by our creator. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'We've got to strengthen our own borders': MLK niece supports Trump's temporary immigration ban," 22 Apr. 2020 The pills endowed her with superhuman focus but dulled her ability to perceive subtle distinctions and access deep feeling. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Can Drugs Help Us Focus? Casey Schwartz, You Better Watch Your Speed," 7 Apr. 2020 Congress originally endowed it with a capital base of five hundred million dollars that it was empowered to leverage, or multiply, by issuing bonds and other securities of its own. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "It’s Time to Establish a New Reconstruction Finance Corporation," 24 Mar. 2020 Gerrity estimates the total cost to buy 500,000 acres of private land and endow it forever will be upwards of $500 million—half the price of a professional football stadium, which has a rough shelf life of 20 to 30 years. National Geographic, "Two visions collide amid push to restore Montana plains," 16 Jan. 2020 Dagger — who are tied together by the same mysterious accident that has endowed them with superpowers. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak & Dagger" Canceled at Freeform," 25 Oct. 2019 Association with Aspen can endow you with the crispness, vitality and lucidity of the mountain air. The Economist, "Inside Aspen: the mountain retreat for the liberal elite," 11 Oct. 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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21 Jun 2020

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