endow

[en-dou]
verb (used with object)
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.
Obsolete. to provide with a dower.
verb (used without object)
4.
(of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
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]
 
en'dower
 
n

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Word Origin & History

endow
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. endover, from en- "in" + O.Fr. douer "endow," from L. dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowing.

endowed
1700, pp. adj. from endow.
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Example sentences
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.
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