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 Jean Birthday Wish Challenge in an attempt to raise $100,000 in 24 hours to endow the Worship, Work, Win fund for student athletic excellence and student-athlete welfare. Jenna West, SI.com, "Loyola-Chicago Celebrates Sister Jean's 100th Birthday," 21 Aug. 2019 In his prime Davis was endowed with a sixth sense for assessing talent. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 Her passport was well endowed with colorful stamps as she was known to travel abroad to places like Jamaica, Germany, and Canada. courant.com, "Mary Frances Toules," 7 Aug. 2019 Numerous faculty positions are endowed by timber companies and their executives, including the deanship, funded by a $5 million gift from Allyn Ford, the former CEO of Roseburg Forest Products. oregonlive.com, "‘Majestic’ Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down," 26 July 2019 All three shades are endowed with Tatcha's signature Hadasei-3, a trio of Japanese superfoods that seal in moisture for plump youthful skin, helping them slick on like a creamy dream to keep your lips enviably lush. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha Is Celebrating National Lipstick Day With Free Minis of Its Famous Silk Lipstick," 26 July 2019 As a non-profit, OpenAI had been endowed with $1 billion from a group of wealthy backers that included, most prominently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "How OpenAI, Founded to Keep Powerful A.I. Out of Corporate Hands, Got Into Bed With Microsoft," 24 July 2019 Since then every move, feint or mistake made by shipping in this region and beyond has been endowed with strategic meaning. Sam Kiley, CNN, "On the ship that downed a military drone, one small mistake could cause a war with Iran," 19 July 2019 Ben’s break-neck reversion to his former and meeker personality — even though his present success and newfound attractiveness should have endowed him with enough confidence to return as the opposite — is another good example. Clarkisha Kent, EW.com, "Childhood trauma is the true villain of It Chapter Two," 8 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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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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