AskDefine | Define endow

Dictionary Definition



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

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From endover, en- + douer (from dotare).


  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.
  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.
  3. To bestow freely.
  4. To be furnished with something naturally.
    She was endowed with a beautiful voice.

Derived terms


To furnish with money or its equivalent
  • Finnish: lahjoittaa
To enrich or furnish with anything of the nature of a gift
  • Finnish: suoda, antaa, varustaa
To bestow freely
To be furnished with something naturally

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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