One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Endow or provide with a quality or ability.‘our sight would be endued with a far greater sharpness’
provide, supply, furnish, equip, invest, give, present, favour, bless, grace, award, gift, confer, bestow, enrich, armView synonyms
- ‘At the time of Jesus' ascension, He said to His disciples, ‘Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high ‘.’
- ‘And he [Solomon, using the royal ‘we’] said: ‘O men, we have been taught the speech of birds, and we are endued with everything.’’
- ‘Martin Luther once wrote, ‘The defects in a preacher are soon spied; let a preacher be endued with ten virtues, and but one fault, yet this one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts.’’
- ‘His sons also were endued with the same spirit, and in some convenient place no doubt they met and communed with each other for instruction.’
- ‘‘It is most evident that some men are endued with such a happiness of wit and parts, as enables them not only to provide for themselves and their own affairs, but to direct and govern others.’
Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘induct into an ecclesiastical living’): from Old French enduire, partly from Latin inducere ‘lead in’ (see induce), reinforced by the sense of Latin induere ‘put on clothes’.
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