noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or process of endowing 2. something that is endowed; specifically the part of an institution's income derived from donations 3. natural capacity, power, or ability <
a person of great intellectual endowment

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  • Endowment — En*dow ment, n. 1. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is bestowed or settled on a person or an institution; property, fund, or revenue permanently appropriated to any object; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • endowment — ► NOUN 1) the action of endowing. 2) a quality or ability with which a person is endowed. 3) an income or form of property endowed. 4) (before another noun ) denoting a form of life insurance involving payment of a fixed sum to the insured person …   English terms dictionary

  • endowment — [en dou′mənt, indou′mənt] n. [ME endouement] 1. the act of endowing 2. that with which something is endowed; specif., any bequest or gift that provides an income for an institution or person 3. a gift of nature; inherent talent, ability, quality …   English World dictionary

  • endowment — Funds or property that are donated with either a temporary or permanent restriction as to the use of principal. American Banker Glossary Gift of money or property to a specified institution for a specified purpose. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary… …   Financial and business terms

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