endowment

 /ɪnˈdaʊmənt/


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
en•dow•ment  (en doumənt), 
n. 
  1. the act of endowing.
  2. the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
  3. Usually,endowments. an attribute of mind or body;
    a gift of nature.
Etymology:
  • Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
  • late Middle English 1425–75
2 . gift, grant, bequest.3 . capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability.
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
en•dow /ɛnˈdaʊ/USA pronunciation v. [+ object]
  1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income, as by a donation: An alumna endowed her college with a million dollars.
  2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality;
    equip:Nature endowed him with a beautiful voice.
en•dow•ment,n. [countable;
uncountable]



Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

endowment /ɪnˈdaʊmənt/ n
  1. the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
  2. the income itself
  3. the act or process of endowing
  4. (usually plural) natural talents or qualities



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