endowment

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 /ɪnˈdaʊmənt/



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
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 © 2016
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]


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
en•dow  (en dou), 
v.t. 
  1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income:to endow a college.
  2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip:Nature has endowed her with great ability.
  3. [Obs.]to provide with a dower.

v.i. 
  1. Insurance, Business(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable;
    yield its conditions.
Etymology:
  • 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
en•dower, n. 
2 . invest, clothe, endue.

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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