What does Endowment mean?

Definitions for Endowment
ɛnˈdaʊ mənten·dow·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endowment, gift, talent, natural endowmentnoun

    natural abilities or qualities

  2. endowment, endowment fundnoun

    the capital that provides income for an institution

  3. endowmentnoun

    the act of endowing with a permanent source of income

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


  1. endowmentnoun

    Something with which a person or thing is endowed.

    Every man is endowed with free will, that is our greatest endowment.

  2. endowmentnoun

    The invested funds of a not-for-profit institution.

    Rich alumni have given Harvard an endowment worth billions, the interest on which supports the college handsomely.

  3. endowmentnoun

    The penis.

    She was very impressed by his endowment.

  4. endowmentnoun

    The breasts.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Endowmentnoun

    Etymology: from endow.

    A chapel will I build, with large endowment. Dryden.

    By a desire of fame, great endowments are not suffered to lie idle and useless to the publick. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 255.

    If providence shews itself even in the blemishes of these creatures, how much more does it discover itself in their several endowments, according to the condition in which they are posted. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 121.


  1. endowment

    An endowment is a financial donation given to a non-profit organization, institution or individual, often in the form of an investment fund. The principal amount of the fund remains intact, while interest gained or a portion of the fund is used for a specific purpose such as research, scholarships, or operations. The donation usually comes from individual benefactors, corporations or foundations, and is meant to support the organization's activities over a long period, often permanently.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endowmentnoun

    the act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support

  2. Endowmentnoun

    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. Endowmentnoun

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


  1. Endowment

    In Mormonism, the endowment is an ordinance designed to prepare participants to become kings, queens, priests, and priestesses in the afterlife. As part of the ceremony, participants take part in a scripted reenactment of the Biblical creation and fall of Adam and Eve. The ceremony includes a washing and anointing, and receipt of a "new name" which they are not to reveal to others except at a certain part in the ceremony, and the receipt of the temple garments, which Mormons then are expected to wear under their clothing day and night throughout their life. Participants are taught highly symbolic gestures and passwords considered necessary to pass by angels guarding the way to heaven, and are instructed not to reveal them to others. As practiced today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the endowment also consists of a series of covenants which participants make, such as a covenant of consecration to the LDS Church. All Latter-day Saints who choose to serve as missionaries for the LDS Church or who choose to contract a celestial marriage in an LDS Church temple must first complete the endowment ceremony. The endowment was instituted by founder Joseph Smith, Jr. in the 1840s with further contributions by Brigham Young and his successors. The ceremony is performed in Latter Day Saints' temples, special places dedicated specifically for the endowment and certain other rituals sacred to Mormons, and is closed to all but worthy Mormons. There was a brief period during the construction of the Salt Lake Temple where a small building referred to as the Endowment House was used to perform the ritual. The endowment is currently practiced by the LDS Church, several denominations of Mormon fundamentalism, and a few other Mormon denominations. The LDS Church has simplified its ceremony from the way it existed in the 19th century, and has removed some of the more controversial elements.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Endowment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Endowment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Endowment in a Sentence

  1. The NEA:

    The ARP grants were made to eligible organizations to support their own operations, unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, American Rescue Plan funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses/operating costs, and not specific programmatic activities. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARP funding awarded to Fresh Meat Productions and Queer Cultural Center is to support staff salaries.

  2. Walter Dillingham:

    They have shown endowment success that would compare well with many of the nation's private colleges.

  3. Adam Andrzejewski:

    They have got an endowment, right? they can use their endowed funds – they don’t need public funds – to fund studies.

  4. Florida Gov. Rick Scott:

    Why? They’re going to tax their endowment income.

  5. Larry Li:

    We weren't going to the Harvard endowment or Yale endowment; that's like mission impossible, you need to have some special source of funds to get started.

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