dower


dower
dower vb Dower, endow, endue are comparable when meaning to furnish or provide with a gift.
Dower specifically denotes the provision of the dowry which a woman brings to a husband in marriage
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a well-dowered bride

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It may also imply the bestowal of a gift, talent, or good quality
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poets dowered with genius

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nature had so richly dowered him— Symonds

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Endow in its basic sense implies the bestowing of money or property on a person or institution for its support or maintenance
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with all my worldly goods I thee endowBook of Common Prayer

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erect and endow a hospital

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a large bequest sufficient to endow the new college

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Like dower it may be extended to the giving of any good thing, often with a suggestion of enhancing or enriching the recipient
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Shakespeare took these words . . . and endowed them with new significance— Kilby

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a fascinating woman endowed with every grace

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Endue may mean to clothe or invest with something (as a garment, a dignity, a right, or a possession)
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a loose gown . . . such as elderly gentlemen loved to endue themselves with— Hawthorne

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to make him a citizen of the United States, and endue him with the full rights of citizenship— Taney

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a new and penetrating light descends on the spectacle, enduing men and things with a seeming transparency— Hardy

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Endue has become so confused with endow in its extended sense of to bestow upon one a faculty, power, or other spiritual or merital gift that it is difficult to trace any differences in meaning between the two words. But endow in precise use usually implies a permanent enriching, and endue an investing or clothing (either temporarily or permanently) with a specific quality or character
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those who are the most richly endowed by nature, and accomplished by their own industry— Spectator

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finer faculties with which the continued process of evolution may yet endow the raczMontague

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the Revolution awakened it [French democracy] into consciousness . . . and endued it with efficient force— Brownell

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Analogous words: *furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accouter

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:
, / / (of real estate)


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  • Dower — • A provision for support during life accorded by law to a wife surviving her hustand Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Dower     Dower      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • dower — dow·er / dau̇ ər/ n [Anglo French, from Old French douaire, modification of Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot dos gift, dowry]: the life estate in a man s real property to which his wife is entitled upon his death under common law and some… …   Law dictionary

  • Dower — Dow er, n. [F. douaire, LL. dotarium, from L. dotare to endow, portion, fr. dos dower; akin to Gr. ? gift, and to L. dare to give. See 1st {Date}, and cf. {Dot} dowry, {Dotation}.] 1. That with which one is gifted or endowed; endowment; gift.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dower — late 13c., from O.Fr. doaire dower, dowry, gift (see DOWRY (Cf. dowry)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dower — [dou′ər] n. [ME douere < OFr douaire < ML dotarium < L dos: see DOT2] 1. that part of a man s property which his widow inherits for life 2. a dowry 3. a natural talent, gift, or endowment vt. 1. to give a dower to …   English World dictionary

  • dower — ► NOUN 1) a widow s share for life of her husband s estate. 2) archaic a dowry. ORIGIN Old French douaire, from Latin dotare endow , from dos dowry …   English terms dictionary

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  • dower — The legal right or interest which the wife acquires by marriage in the real estate of her husband. At common law it consists in the use, during her natural life after the death of her husband, of one third of all the real estate of which her… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Dower — A common law that entitles a widow to a portion of her husband s estate in absence of a will. The provision of dower allows the wife to provide for herself and any children born during the marriage. In most circumstances, the widow is granted up… …   Investment dictionary

  • dower — I. noun Etymology: Middle English dowere, from Anglo French dower, douaire, from Medieval Latin dotarium, from Latin dot , dos gift, marriage portion more at date Date: 14th century 1. the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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