en·dow / enˈdou/ • v. [tr.] give or bequeath an income or property to (a person or institution): he endowed the church with lands. ∎ establish (a college post, annual prize, or project) by donating the funds needed to maintain it. ∎ (usu. be endowed with) provide with a quality, ability, or asset: he was endowed with tremendous physical strength. DERIVATIVES: en·dow·er n.