Share this entry
endowment Syllabification: en·dow·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈdoumənt/

Definition of endowment in English:


1The action of endowing something or someone: he tried to promote the endowment of a Chair of Psychiatry
More example sentences
  • The king's tremendous support of the abbey of Cluny is discussed thoroughly, as is his foundation and endowment of the Cluniac abbey at Reading.
  • With the remaining resources, institutions are to improve their academic programs and grow the institutional endowment.
  • On Ba Kan Tiang beach, in contrast to Pimalai's rich endowment of marble, is its beachside neighbour, a restaurant that seems to be built mostly from driftwood.
funding, financing, subsidizing;
establishment, foundation, institution
1.1An income or form of property given or bequeathed to someone.
Example sentences
  • And many, of course, have substantial endowments to guarantee more income.
  • In return, he presented the University with a handsome endowment for genetics student prizes and scholarships, funded by the sale of the cream of his reprint collection.
  • They would also give top universities massive endowments to free them from state interference.
bequest, legacy, inheritance;
gift, present, grant, award, donation, contribution, subsidy, settlement
formal benefaction
1.2 (usually endowments) A quality or ability possessed or inherited by someone.
Example sentences
  • Naturally, the student brings into this situation certain genetic endowments: intelligence, talents, and preferences.
  • The extent to which various aspects of human behavior are found to have a firm biological basis is a strong indicator of how much changes in genetic endowments will be able to change mental qualities in human offspring.
  • Clearly, every person enters the world with different natural endowments that fall along a distribution of emotional, cognitive and sensory capabilities.
quality, characteristic, feature, attribute, facility, faculty, ability, talent, gift, strength, aptitude, capability, capacity
1.3 [usually as modifier] A form of life insurance involving payment of a fixed sum to the insured person on a specified date, or to their estate should they die before this date: an endowment policy
More example sentences
  • From a bank's point of view, life policies can broadly be divided into two types: whole life policies and endowment policies.
  • The department spokeswoman said it did not distinguish between life assurance policies and endowment policies.
  • The argument for the latter advice being that an endowment policy pays out a lump sum on maturity.
Definition of endowment in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources