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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.
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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  • endowments include permanent and term endowments, and permanent funds.
  • endowments are not similar enough and it is impossible that the same set of goods is made everywhere.
  • With its healthy endowments, it has continued to grow and now stands as one of the world's foremost repositories of masterworks.
  • It is an expensive policy, supported by endowments that have been shrinking in real terms in many places.
  • It may be that the gift of romance was the highest of his endowments.
  • They're talking about their painful troubles with their endowments.
  • Few campuses have huge endowments, while many squeak by on much lower budgets.
  • Take individuals out of that context and their more modest talent endowments become obvious.
  • But, with all his endowments, his faults and failings were many.
  • Among other endowments, he had the power of transforming himself into any shape he pleased.
British Dictionary definitions for endowments


  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 endowments



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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