1 [U] action of endowing （经常的）资助, 捐助
*the endowment of many schools by rich former pupils 许多学校经常得到富裕校友的资助.
2 [C usu pl 通常作复数] money, property, etc given to provide an income 捐助的财物等
*The Oxford and Cambridge colleges have numerous endowments. 牛津和剑桥大学有数不清的捐助财物.
3 [C usu pl 通常作复数] natural talent, quality or ability 天赋; 天资; 才能
*Not everyone is born with such endowments as you. 并非所有的人生来都像你这样有天赋. en`dowment policy form of life insurance where a certain sum is paid on a specified date to the insured person or is paid to that person's dependents if he dies before that date 养老保险.
[U and C]
a sum of money given to a college, hospital etc to provide it with an income, or the act of giving this money
a natural quality or ability that someone has
1. The college has a large endowment. 这所大学得到一大笔捐款。