Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To provide with a quality or trait; endow: "A being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight among the precipices of an inaccesible mountain” ( Mary Shelley).
  • transitive v. To put on (a piece of clothing).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pass food into the stomach; to digest; also figuratively, to take on, absorb.
  • v. To take on, to take the form of.
  • v. To clothe (someone with something).
  • v. To invest (someone) with a given quality, property etc.; to endow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To invest.
  • transitive v. An older spelling of endow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To clothe; invest: same as indue.
  • To furnish with dower: same as endow
  • To furnish with a permanent fund: same as endow, 2.
  • To invest with some gift, quality, or faculty: used especially of moral or spiritual gifts, and thus partially differentiated from endow, 3.
  • Synonyms Endue, Endow. Endue is used of moral and spiritual qualities, viewed as given rather than acquired; endow, of the body, external things, and mental gifts. (See acquirement.) An institution or a professorship is richly or fully endowed; a person is endowed with beauty or intellect; he is endued with virtue or piety.
  • To digest: said especially of birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give qualities or abilities to

Etymologies

Middle English enduen, from Old French enduire, to lead in, induct (influenced by Middle English endowen, to endow), from Latin indūcere. Sense 2, Middle English induen, to clothe, from Latin induere, to put on.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enduire, partly from Latin indūcere ("lead in"), partly from en- + duire. (Wiktionary)

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  • From a prayer that I heard around: it's sensible and realistic: "ENDUE THY MINISTERS WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MAKE THY CHOSEN PEOPLE JOYFUL." Fits all faiths.

    April 9, 2012