the act of endowing.
the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
Usually, endowments. an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature.

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment

nonendowment, noun
reendowment, noun

2. gift, grant, bequest. 3. capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability.
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endowment (ɪnˈdaʊmənt)
1.  a.  the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
 b.  the income itself
2.  the act or process of endowing
3.  (usually plural) natural talents or qualities

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., action of endowing, from endow + -ment. Meaning property with which an institution or person is endowed is from 1590s; that of gift, power, advantage is early 17c.
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