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endowment


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Endowment  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  endowment 
  n  1:  natural  qualities  or  talents  [syn:  {gift},  {talent},  {natural 
  endowment}] 
  2:  the  capital  that  provides  income  for  an  institution  [syn:  {endowment 
  fund}] 
  3:  the  act  of  endowing  with  a  permanent  source  of  income;  "his 
  generous  endowment  of  the  laboratory  came  just  in  the  nick 
  of  time" 




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