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[en-dou-muh nt] /ɛnˈdaʊ mənt/
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.
Origin of endowment
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
Related forms
nonendowment, noun
reendowment, noun
2. gift, grant, bequest. 3. capacity, talent, faculties, ability, capability. Unabridged
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  • The committee also asked about endowment-related bonuses paid to college presidents and endowment managers.
  • At some universities, endowment per athlete exceeds over-all endowment per student.
  • Yet there is plenty of oil left, with perhaps only a fifth of the world's endowment so far produced.
  • But, perhaps some good genetic endowment is involved in the longevity stakes as well.
  • Sometimes the college is able to secure an endowment or financial interest but usually not.
  • In his nine years there he showed what could be done by doubling the endowment.
  • Moreover, donations are mostly too small and irregular to support long-term endowment schemes or big capital projects.
  • Committee members also plan to highlight problems they see with endowment.
  • Financiers are coveted candidates for governing boards, offering valuable investment guidance for endowment funds.
  • Even our huge endowment does not produce enough income to sustain our continued expansion.
British Dictionary definitions for endowment


  1. the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
  2. the income itself
the act or process of endowing
(usually pl) natural talents or qualities
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Word Origin and History for endowment

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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