endowment

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noun en·dow·ment \in-ˈdau̇-mənt, en-\

Definition of endowment

  1. 1 :  the act or process of endowing

  2. 2 :  something that is endowed; specifically :  the part of an institution's income derived from donations

  3. 3 :  natural capacity, power, or ability a person of great intellectual endowment

Examples of endowment in a Sentence

  1. The hospital's endowment was established by a local family.

  2. The college has a large endowment.

  3. the endowment of a hospital wing

Recent Examples of endowment from the Web

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First Known Use of endowment

15th century


ENDOWMENT Defined for English Language Learners

endowment

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Definition of endowment for English Language Learners

  • : a large amount of money that has been given to a school, hospital, etc., and that is used to pay for its creation and continuing support

  • : the act of providing money to create or support a school, organization, etc.

  • : a person's natural ability or talent


ENDOWMENT Defined for Kids

endowment

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noun en·dow·ment \in-ˈdau̇-mənt\

Definition of endowment for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of providing money for support

  2. 2 :  money provided for support a college's endowment


Law Dictionary

endowment

noun en·dow·ment

Legal Definition of endowment

  1. 1 :  the act or process of endowing

  2. 2 :  a result or product of endowing: as a :  the income of an institution derived from donations the university's ability to attract endowment b :  the property (as a fund) donated to an institution or organization that is invested and producing income an endowment to maintain the gallery

  3. 3 :  an endowed organization or institution :  foundation chairwoman of the state's arts endowment

  4. 4 :  endowment insurance



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