verb (used with object)

  1. to provide with a permanent fund or source of income: to endow a college.
  2. to furnish, as with some talent, faculty, or quality; equip: Nature has endowed her with great ability.
  3. Obsolete. to provide with a dower.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of a life-insurance policy) to become payable; yield its conditions.

verb (tr)

  1. to provide with or bequeath a source of permanent income
  2. (usually foll by with) to provide (with qualities, characteristics, etc)
  3. obsolete to provide with a dower

late 14c., indowen “provide an income for,” from Anglo-French endover, from en- “in” + Old French douer “endow,” from Latin dotare “bestow” (see dowry). Related: Endowed; endowing.

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