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ENDOWMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does endowment mean? 

ENDOWMENT (noun)
  The noun ENDOWMENT has 3 senses:

1. natural abilities or qualities
2. the capital that provides income for an institution
3. the act of endowing with a permanent source of income

  Familiarity information: ENDOWMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


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ENDOWMENT (noun)


Sense 1endowment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Natural abilities or qualities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

endowment; natural endowment; talent; gift

Hypernyms ("endowment" is a kind of...):

natural ability (ability that is inherited)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "endowment"):

bent; hang; knack (a special way of doing something)

flair; genius (a natural talent)

raw talent (powerfully impressive talent)


Sense 2endowment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The capital that provides income for an institution

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

endowment fund; endowment

Hypernyms ("endowment" is a kind of...):

capital (wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "endowment"):

patrimony (a church endowment)

chantry (an endowment for the singing of Masses)


Sense 3endowment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of endowing with a permanent source of income

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

his generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick of time

Hypernyms ("endowment" is a kind of...):

gift; giving (the act of giving)


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