Etymology
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endowment (n.)

mid-15c., "action of endowing," from endow + -ment. Meaning "property with which an institution or person is endowed" is from 1590s; that of "gift, power, advantage" is early 17c.

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Definitions of endowment

endowment (n.)
natural abilities or qualities;
Synonyms: gift / talent / natural endowment
endowment (n.)
the capital that provides income for an institution;
Synonyms: endowment fund
endowment (n.)
the act of endowing with a permanent source of income;
his generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick of time
From wordnet.princeton.edu