verb (used with object)
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.
Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
verb (used without object)
(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.

1350–1400; Middle English endowen < Old French endouer, equivalent to en- en-1 + douer < Latin dōtāre to dower, equivalent to dōt- (stem of dōs) dowry + -āre infinitive suffix

endower, noun
reendow, verb (used with object)
superendow, verb (used with object)
unendowed, adjective
unendowing, adjective
well-endowed, adjective

2. invest, clothe, endue.
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endow (ɪnˈdaʊ)
1.  to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
2.  (usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
3.  obsolete to provide with a dower
[C14: from Old French endouer, from en-1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. endover, from en- "in" + O.Fr. douer "endow," from L. dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowing.
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Example sentences
Boosters and donors benefit from generous tax deductions when they buy the best
  seats or endow an athletic scholarship.
Some benefactors endow buildings with fanfare, especially if those buildings
  will bear their names.
Being western or white does not endow one with absolute knowledge.
Please please please don't endow the species with intelligence, its only the
  few that are intelligent the rest morons.
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