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en•dow•ment  (en doumənt),USA pronunciation 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.
  • Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
  • late Middle English 1425–75
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gift, grant, bequest.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability.


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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