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Definition of endowment:

  1. 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.
  2. That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind; gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents; - usually in the plural.
  3. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support.

Synonyms:

bounty, supporting, head, cause, knack, community service, persona, propensity, bequest, ability, trust, endowment fund, qualification, establishing, funding, talent, subsidy, flair, donate, faculty, fault, flaw, subvention, pension, collection box, incarnation, alms, charitable, charity, giving, aptitude, legacy, natural endowment, foible, gift, bent, community chest, affectation, inheritance, stipend, alter ego, predisposition, award, genius.

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