- the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
- the income itself
- the act or process of endowing
- (usually plural) natural talents or qualities
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- the act of endowing.
- the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
- Usually,endowments. an attribute of mind or body;
a gift of nature.
- Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
- late Middle English 1425–75
- to provide with a permanent fund or source of income, as by a donation: An alumna endowed her college with a million dollars.
- to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality;
equip:Nature endowed him with a beautiful voice.
- to provide with a permanent fund or source of income:to endow a college.
- to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip:Nature has endowed her with great ability.
- [Obs.]to provide with a dower.
- Insurance, Business(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable;
yield its conditions.
- Latin dōtāre to dower, equivalent. to dōt- (stem of dōs) dowry + -āre infinitive suffix
- Old French endouer, equivalent. to en- en-1 + douer
- Middle English endowen 1350–1400
2 . invest, clothe, endue.