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[en-dou] /ɛnˈdaʊ/
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.
Origin of endow
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
Related forms
endower, noun
reendow, verb (used with object)
superendow, verb (used with object)
unendowed, adjective
unendowing, adjective
well-endowed, adjective
2. invest, clothe, endue. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for endowed
  • Cemeteries today generally include endowed care with the cost of the grave.
  • Human beings are endowed with the power to see that doubts are doubts, and to resolve some of them, rightly or wrongly.
  • Rockefeller endowed foundations that are still important .
  • The 19th century made him into a monument endowed with almost superhuman virtues and encrusted in formality.
  • For qualified candidates, endowed chairs in neuroscience are available.
  • All human beings have inherent rights endowed to them by their creator, not just Americans.
  • He was widely believed to be financially well-endowed.
  • The less well endowed have to make crucial budgetary decisions to choose whether or not to take the state subsidies.
  • The gods endowed her with every charm, together with curiosity and deceit.
  • He was also endowed with wit.
British Dictionary definitions for endowed


verb (transitive)
to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
(usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
(obsolete) to provide with a dower
Derived Forms
endower, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French endouer, from en-1 + douer, from Latin dōtāre, from dōs dowry
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Word Origin and History for endowed

1700, past participle adjective from endow.



late 14c., indowen "provide an income for," from Anglo-French endover, from en- "in" + Old French douer "endow," from Latin dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowed; endowing.

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