Endowment En*dow"ment, n. 1. The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind; gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

His early endowments had fitted him for the work he was to do. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.