en·​dow·​ment | \ in-ˈdau̇-mənt How to pronounce endowment (audio) , en- \

Definition of endowment

1 : the act or process of endowing
2 : something that is endowed specifically : the part of an institution's income derived from donations
3 : natural capacity, power, or ability a person of great intellectual endowment

Examples of endowment in a Sentence

The hospital's endowment was established by a local family. The college has a large endowment. the endowment of a hospital wing
Recent Examples on the Web The 2019 Legislature approved a $50 million operations endowment for the library, available only after supporters raised $100 million in private donations, a goal met in 2020. Fox News, 27 June 2022 The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, has created a new endowment to honor Robert De Niro. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 June 2022 The researchers conducted a trust game experiment, whereby human volunteers were asked to bestow a $10 endowment to a partner, who was either a human, a robot, or a robot acting on behalf of a human. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Wilson believed democracy wasn’t an abstract system but a racial endowment of the Saxon people carried forward genetically through our germ plasm (the conduit of heredity according to German scientists in the late 19th century). Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Once those goals are complete, the museum wants to establish a permanent endowment to help resume operations and eventually hire a full-time curator. Aaron Mudd, The Courier-Journal, 27 Jan. 2022 That gives Baker a wealthier endowment than Kalamazoo College in western Michigan, Seton Hall University or Gonzaga University. David Jesse And Anna Clark, Freep.com, 12 Jan. 2022 One hundred percent of direct donations to the foundation benefit cancer research and programs thanks to an endowment that covers operating costs. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 According to Dartmouth, more than 65 families gave to the campaign to eliminate the loan component of the college’s financial aid, committing more than $80 million in gifts to the endowment. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of endowment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for endowment


en·​dow·​ment | \ in-ˈdau̇-mənt How to pronounce endowment (audio) \

Kids Definition of endowment

1 : the act of providing money for support
2 : money provided for support a college's endowment



Legal Definition of endowment

1 : the act or process of endowing
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 : an endowed organization or institution : foundation chairwoman of the state's arts endowment

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