Definition of endowment in English:

endowment

Syllabification: en·dow·ment
Pronunciation: /enˈdoumənt
 
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noun

  • 1The action of endowing something or someone: he tried to promote the endowment of a Chair of Psychiatry
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    funding, financing, subsidizing; establishment, foundation, institution
  • 1.1An income or form of property given or bequeathed to someone.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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
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    • 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.

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