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 clothe; invest: same as indue.
  • To digest: said especially of birds.
  • 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; see induce. Sense 2, Middle English induen, to clothe, from Latin induere, to put on; see eu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • {o} "endue" Isa 44: 3; Joe 2: 28; Ac 2: 1-21; 1: 8

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • I am not a Hillary fan, but pleeeeeze ... she has had to endue a lot being married to Billy-boy Clinton.

    Campaigning in Kentucky, Clinton hears sermon on infidelity

  • That it may please thee to give us true repentance; toforgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • That it may please thee to give us true repentance; toforgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word

    The Great Litany

  • Come, let us humble ourselves before Him and beseech Him: haply He shall grant us His succour and endue us with His grace, extolled and exalted be

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ‘Hail and welcome who comest with grace to endue.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Gene Hackman plays a foreign Legion Major haunted by memories of World War I, who oversees a archaeological dig only for a battle to endue when Arab leader Ian Holm intervenes.

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  • Almighty and everlasting God, who for the defense of the honor of holy images didst endue thy blessed Saint John with heavenly learning and wondrous strength of spirit: grant unto us, we pray thee, that by his intercession and example, we may so honor the images of thy saints, that we may follow them in all true godliness, and feel the effectual succor of their advocacy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Almighty and everlasting God, who for the defense of the honor of holy images didst endue thy blessed Saint John with heavenly learning and wondrous strength of spirit: grant unto us, we pray thee, that by his intercession and example, we may so honor the images of thy saints, that we may follow them in all true godliness, and feel the effectual succor of their advocacy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Homily for the Feast of St John Damascene

  • Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004

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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

  • 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