Definition of endow in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdou/
Pronunciation: /enˈdou/


[with object]
1Give or bequeath an income or property to (a person or institution): he endowed the church with lands
More example sentences
  • This God endowed him with these gifts since he passed the test, and showed love.
  • For the parent keen to endow their child with an educational edge, shared reading is an obvious stepping stone.
  • ‘I endow ordinary people with love and sincerity,’ she said.
1.1Establish (a college post, annual prize, or project) by donating the funds needed to maintain it.
Example sentences
  • At Adelaide, Henderson taught imperial and colonial history, and arranged for a local benefactor to endow a prize for work on South Australian history written from the original records.
  • The Pake Prize was endowed in 1983 in recognition of the achievements of George Pake, a research physicist and director of industrial research.
  • Over the years the Hollywood director has made financial contributions to scouting facilities and endowed a cinematography award for aspiring scout film-makers.
finance, fund, pay for, provide for, subsidize, support financially, put up the money for;
establish, found, set up, institute
1.2 (usually be endowed with) Provide with a quality, ability, or asset: he was endowed with tremendous physical strength
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  • Love is part of the nature of God, and humans were endowed with the ability to love as part of being ‘created in His image’.
  • It has been endowed with a mystic quality.
  • Actually, the larvae of most coral reef fishes are endowed with good swimming abilities, good sensory systems, and sophisticated behavior that is quite flexible.
provide, supply, furnish, equip, invest, favor, bless, grace, gift;
give, bestow
literary endue



Example sentences
  • Athelstan who had been a great endower of Malmesbury Abbey was buried there following his death in 940.
  • He had been an ardent supporter and endower of the Abbey and is fitting that he should be buried here.
  • It falls in the category of an ongoing charity from which an endower continues to derive benefits forever.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'provide a dower or dowry'; formerly also as indow): from legal Anglo-Norman French endouer, from en- 'in, toward' + Old French douer 'give as a gift' (from Latin dotare: see dower).

Words that rhyme with endow

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bough, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, ciao, cow, dhow, Dow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou, Hough, how, Howe, kowtow, Lao, Liao, Macao, Macau, miaow, Mindanao, mow, now, ow, Palau, plough (US plow), pow, prow, row, scow, Slough, sough, sow, Tao, thou, vow, wow, Yangshao

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Syllabification: en·dow

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