One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the endowment of a chair of botany’
funding, financing, subsidizing
donation of money for, provision of capital for, bequest of money for
establishment, establishing, foundation, institution, setting up, inauguration
2‘a generous endowment from the will of the late professor’
bequest, bequeathal, legacy, inheritance
gift, present, benefaction, bestowal, grant, award, donation, contribution, subsidy, settlement, provision
3‘his taste and inquiring mind were natural endowments’
quality, characteristic, feature, attribute, facility, faculty, ability, talent, gift, strength, aptitude, capability, capacity
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