endower

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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endow
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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