Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To provide with property, income, or a source of income.
  • transitive v. To equip or supply with a talent or quality: Nature endowed you with a beautiful singing voice.
  • transitive v. To imagine as having a usually favorable trait or quality: endowed the family pet with human intelligence.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To provide with a dower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To furnish with money or its equivalent, as a permanent fund for support; to make pecuniary provision for; to settle an income upon; especially, to furnish with dower; as, to endow a wife; to endow a public institution.
  • v. To enrich or furnish with anything of the nature of a gift (as a quality or faculty); -- followed by with, rarely by of; as, man is endowed by his Maker with reason; to endow with privileges or benefits.
  • v. To bestow freely.
  • v. To be furnished with something naturally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To furnish with money or its equivalent, as a permanent fund for support; to make pecuniary provision for; to settle an income upon; especially, to furnish with dower
  • transitive v. To enrich or furnish with anything of the nature of a gift (as a quality or faculty); -- followed by with, rarely by of

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bestow or settle a dower on; provide with dower.
  • To settle money or other property on; furnish with a permanent fund or source of income: as, to endow a college or a church.
  • To furnish, as with some gift, quality, or faculty, mental or physical; equip: as, man is endowed by his Maker with reason; to be endowed with beauty, strength, or power.
  • Synonyms Endue, Endow. See endue.

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

  • v. furnish with an endowment
  • v. give qualities or abilities to

Etymologies

Middle English endowen, from Anglo-Norman endouer : Old French en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + Old French douer, to provide with a dowry (from Latin dōtāre, from dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman endover, en- + Old French douer (from Latin dotare). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have (with Tregelles) avoided both by rendering the word "endow," which includes "power," and whatever other gifts were necessary for their mission.

    Commentary on Revelation

  • Interestingly, modern technology allows us to do things like "endow" an application with SaaS with very little intrusiveness whereas in the past, this may have required a new stack.

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  • h an empty name endow'd his fpoufe, jr Tullia, who, fome authors feign, er her father's corpfe a rumbling wain t more guilty numerous wains did drive

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  • Third, America needs to recognize that the approaches taken thus far have failed; and like the typical tourist in a foreign country, saying the same thing progressively more loudly in English does not miraculously endow the French person with comprehension; it just pisses them off.

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  • Maybe we can endow another more worthy university with the name of Our Lady in the distant future.

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  • Alfred and Claude Mann's gift to the Naumburg Foundation follows $6 million in donations to endow chairs in Robert's name at the Manhattan School of Music and at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

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  • On November 6, 2012, American voters will be offered a Republican nominee who denies the reality of global warming; a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative who will not raise taxes on the wealthy by a single dollar; a so-called constitutional conservative who proposes to rewrite our 228-year-old founding document to endow fertilized eggs with human rights, deny equal civil rights to our fellow gay citizens, and take birthright citizenship away from living Americans.

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  • When European leaders wrote a constitution that attempted to capture the spirit and powers of the Union in uplifting language and to endow it with an anthem and a flag, things went badly wrong.

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  • He was certain he understood her thoughts - why would God endow us with fierce desires that were to be ignored?

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  • If I were Bill Gates or someone like him here is what I would do: I would endow several of the best colleges and universities to create a new kind of teacher education program.

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