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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·dow·ment /-mənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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) 2.0

      n 1: natural qualities or talents [syn: gift, talent, natural
      2: the capital that provides income for an institution [syn: endowment
      3: the act of endowing with a permanent source of income; "his
         generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick
         of time"