American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of endowing.
- n. Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income.
- n. A natural gift, ability, or quality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of settling dower on a woman.
- n. The act of settling a fund or permanent provision for the support of any person or object, as a student, a professorship, a school, a hospital, etc.
- n. That which is bestowed or settled; property, fund, or revenue permanently appropriated to any object: as, the endowments of a church, hospital, or college.
- n. That which is given or bestowed on the person or mind; gift of nature; in the plural, natural equipment of body or mind, or both; attributes or aptitudes.
- n. Synonyms Bequest, present, gift, fund.
- n. Acquirements, Acquisitions, Attainments, etc. (see acquirement); gift, talent, capacity, genius, parts. See comparison under genius.
- n. Something with which a person or thing is endowed.
- n. Funds invested for the support and benefit of a not-for-profit institution.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support.
- n. That which is bestowed or settled on a person or an institution; property, fund, or revenue permanently appropriated to any object.
- n. That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind; gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents; -- usually in the plural.
- n. the capital that provides income for an institution
- n. natural abilities or qualities
- n. the act of endowing with a permanent source of income
“The word endowment got a bigger response than Saran Wrap or Time magazine.”
“An endowment is a permanent investment that grows over time while providing steady annual funding to continue and expand initiatives.”
“Severe losses in endowment revenue, which in the past insulated materials budgets to a degree, have left even larger and wealthier libraries facing cuts ...”
“The endowment is named for a College Football Hall of Fame manager who late in 1997 after fifty-six years during Grambling State University.”
“The endowment is given each couple of years for outstanding contributions to charitable causes.”
“With $250 billion in endowment and a group of the most accomplished individuals on the planet, research universities have no choice but to gear up to attack the world”
“To put the $100,000 total in context, the endowment is giving $2.5 million in direct opera grants this year and $7 million in other classical music grants, according to Dana Gioia, its chairman.”
“Its endowment is largely spent on re-investing in its endowment.”
“Interim chairman Anthony Julius (the lawyer who handled Diana's divorce) has vowed a long-term endowment fund to make a "real and lasting difference to disadvantaged people, particularly on the margins of society.”
“The Noel Kempff Climate Action Project includes activities that will ensure park protection for 30 years by fostering sustainable micro-enterprise development and establishing a long-term endowment fund for the park.”
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