Definition of endow in English:


Pronunciation /inˈdou/ /ɪnˈdaʊ/ /enˈdou/ /ɛnˈdaʊ/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Provide with a quality, ability, or asset.

    ‘he was endowed with tremendous physical strength’
    • ‘the country is well endowed with mineral resources’
    provide, supply, furnish, equip, invest, give, present, favour, bless, grace, award, gift, confer, bestow, enrich, arm
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    1. 1.1be endowedinformal Have breasts or a penis of specified size.
      • ‘I had two brothers who were both better endowed than me’
      • ‘even more objectionable are his mostly gratuitous descriptions of generously endowed women’
  • 2Give or bequeath an income or property to (a person or institution)

    • ‘he endowed the Church with lands’
    pass on, pass down
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    1. 2.1Establish (a university post, annual prize, etc.) by donating the funds needed to maintain it.
      • ‘he endowed three chairs at Liverpool University’
      finance, fund, pay for, donate money for, give money towards, provide capital for, subsidize, support financially
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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘provide a dower or dowry’; formerly also as indow): from legal Anglo-Norman French endouer, from en- ‘in, towards’ + Old French douer ‘give as a gift’ (from Latin dotare see dower).