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.
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