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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Its endowment grew into the tens of billions of dollars, with businessman Warren Buffett vowing in 2006 to donate the majority of his $44 billion fortune to the foundation and several other philanthropies. Washington Post, "William Gates Sr., a guiding hand of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, dies at 94," 15 Sep. 2020 When the dust settled, 11 million acres had been, often violently and illegally, wrested from Indigenous nations and placed under the management of university endowment funds. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Academia Was Built on White Theft," 10 Sep. 2020 The performance tied into an announcement that the league will be contributing to a new $1 billion endowment fund aimed at supporting Black businesses and communities. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Alicia Keys Performs 'No One' at 2020 NFL Kickoff," 10 Sep. 2020 Demands include creating an endowment that would provide scholarships to Black students, holding students and student organizations responsible for racially insensitive conduct, and requiring cultural sensitivity training for all faculty and staff. Dallas News, "Hundreds gather at SMU, march through Highland Park to protest brutality, inequities faced by Blacks," 6 Sep. 2020 University hired Kim Lew as chief executive of its $11 billion endowment. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "When a venture capital-backed merger goes awry," 4 Sep. 2020 During that time, Falwell Jr. worked to shore up Liberty's finances, overhaul its campus with more than $1 billion in construction projects, grow its endowment and increase its online enrollment. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Fate of Falwell Jr. still up in the air as former Liberty University president changes tune on resignation," 25 Aug. 2020 The government has injected HK$20bn ($2.6bn) into its endowment fund. The Economist, "Profs and loss China is killing academic freedom in Hong Kong," 23 Aug. 2020 The players also demanded all those sports be preserved, including if need be by schools tapping into endowment funds, which is not permissible. oregonlive, "Larry Scott to speak with players from ‘Pac-12 Football Unity’ this week, players ask for faster timeline," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of endowment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Endowment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endowment. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of endowment

: 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


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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