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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENDOW', v.t. [L. dos, doto, or a different Celtic root.]
1. To furnish with a portion of goods or estate, called dower; to settle a dower on, as on a married woman or widow.
A wife is by law entitled to be endowed of all lands and tenements, of which her husband was seized in fee simple or fee tail during the coverture.
2. To settle on, as a permanent provision; to furnish with a permanent fund of property; as, to endow a church; to endow a college with a fund to support a professor.
3. To enrich or furnish with any gift, quality or faculty; to indue. Man is endowed by his maker with reason.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: give qualities or abilities to [syn: endow, indue, gift, empower, invest, endue]
2: furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered" [syn: endow, dower]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French endower, from en- + dower, douer to endow, from Latin dotare, from dot-, dos gift, dowry more at date Date: 14th century 1. to furnish with an income; especially to make a grant of money providing for the continuing support or maintenance of <endow a hospital> 2. to furnish with a dower 3. to provide with something freely or naturally <endowed with a good sense of humor>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 bequeath or give a permanent income to (a person, institution, etc.). 2 (esp. as endowed adj.) (usu. foll. by with) provide (a person) with talent, ability, etc. Derivatives: endower n. Etymology: ME f. AF endouer (as EN-(1), OF douer f. L dotare f. dos dotis DOWER)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Endow En*dow", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Endowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Endowing.] [OF. endouer; pref. en- (L. in) + F. douer to endow, L. dotare. See Dower, and cf. 2d Endue.] 1. 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. Endowing hospitals and almshouses. --Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(endows, endowing, endowed) 1. You say that someone is endowed with a particular desirable ability, characteristic, or possession when they have it by chance or by birth. You are endowed with wealth, good health and a lively intellect. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed with n 2. If you endow something with a particular feature or quality, you provide it with that feature or quality. Herbs have been used for centuries to endow a whole range of foods with subtle flavours. = imbue VERB: V n with n 3. If someone endows an institution, scholarship, or project, they provide a large amount of money which will produce the income needed to pay for it. The ambassador has endowed a $1 million public-service fellowships program. VERB: V n 4. see also well-endowed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Furnish with a dowry, settle a dower upon. 2. Furnish with a fund, supply with means. 3. Enrich, endue, indue, invest, gift.

Moby Thesaurus

accommodate, accord, afford, arm, authorize, award, back, bequeath, bestow, bless with, clothe, clothe with power, confer, contribute, deputize, donate, dower, empower, enable, endow with, endue, enhance, enrich, favor with, fill, fill up, finance, find, found, fund, furnish, give, grace with, grant, heighten, invest, keep, maintain, make available, make provision for, organize, prepare, present, promote, provide, provide for, recruit, replenish, settle on, settle upon, sponsor, stock, store, subscribe, subsidize, supply, support, vest, vest with, yield

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