transitive verb[with object]
1Provide with a quality, ability, or asset.‘he was endowed with tremendous physical strength’
provide, supply, furnish, equip, invest, give, present, favour, bless, grace, award, gift, confer, bestow, enrich, armView synonyms
- ‘the country is well endowed with mineral resources’
- 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)
pass on, pass downView synonyms
- ‘he endowed the Church with lands’
- 2.1Establish (a university post, annual prize, etc.) by donating the funds needed to maintain it.
finance, fund, pay for, donate money for, give money towards, provide capital for, subsidize, support financiallyView synonyms
- ‘he endowed three chairs at Liverpool University’
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).