Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To provide with a quality or trait; endow.
  • transitive verb To put on (a piece of clothing).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To digest: said especially of birds.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb give qualities or abilities to

Etymologies

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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French enduire, partly from Latin indūcere ("lead in"), partly from en- + duire.

Examples

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  • What you want is to endue her with the spirit of revelry.
    A. A. Milne, The Holiday Round (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1929)

    December 26, 2015

  • 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