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Meaning of ENDOWMENT

Pronunciation:  en'dawmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of endowing with a permanent source of income; "his generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick of time"
  2. [n]  natural qualities or talents
  3. [n]  the capital that provides income for an institution

ENDOWMENT is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: endowment fund, gift, natural endowment, talent
 See Also: bent, capital, chantry, flair, genius, gift, giving, hang, knack, natural ability, patrimony, raw talent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En*dow"ment\, n.
1. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision
   for support.

2. That which is bestowed or settled on a person or an
   institution; property, fund, or revenue permanently
   appropriated to any object; as, the endowment of a church,
   a hospital, or a college.

3. That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind;
   gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents;
   -- usually in the plural.

         His early endowments had fitted him for the work he
         was to do.                            --I. Taylor.

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