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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To endowing
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. endover, from en- "in" + O.Fr. douer "endow," from L. dotare "bestow" (see dowry). Related: Endowing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Endowing computers with the ability to recognize and express emotion is the
  first challenge.
Local tastes and needs, as well as the state, are endowing it with distinctive
They have learned how to remake familiar materials almost atom by atom,
  endowing them with extraordinary properties.
One needs to be careful about endowing our ability to predict the outcome with
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature