Definitions of endowment

  1. the capital that provides income for an institution Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. natural qualities or talents Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind; gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents; - usually in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Property or a sum of money settled upon an institution, etc.; the act of making such a settlement; a talent or gift; as, an endowment of beauty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Act of endowing; that which is endowed; gift. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The act of endowing; a fund; gift; talent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act of endowing or of settling a fund for the support of a person, as a professor, or an institution; property or revenue permanently appropriated to some such purpose; natural capacity or faculty bestowed on any one. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. That which is bestowed or settled on; property set apart and secured in perpetuity for the support of a clergyman, college, hospital, &c.; any gift of nature; any faculty or quality of mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for endowment

  1. That was Marjorie's version of that idea of the Endowment of Womanhood which has been creeping into contemporary thought during the last two decades. – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  2. His principal contribution to this cause was the endowment of the famous Cooper Union in New York, where several thousand persons, mostly mechanics, attended classes in a variety of technical and educational subjects and enjoyed the privileges of a free library and reading room. – The Agrarian Crusade A Chronicle of the Farmer in Politics by Solon J. Buck