endue

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Etymology

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From Old French enduire, partly from Latin indūcere (lead in), partly from en- + duire (from the same Latin root). Doublet of induce.

Pronunciation

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdjuː/, /ɛnˈdjuː/

Verb

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endue (third-person singular simple present endues, present participle enduing, simple past and past participle endued)

  1. (obsolete) To pass food into the stomach; to digest; also figuratively, to take on, absorb.
    • c. 1503–1512, John Skelton, Ware the Hauke; republished in John Scattergood, editor, John Skelton: The Complete English Poems, 1983, →OCLC, page 63, lines 77–78:
      Her mete was very crude, / She had not wel endude; []
  2. To take on, to take the form of.
    • 1988, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      My transport of the afternoon, and the matter of physical contrast, made me endue the tactile apparatus of another man, any man but me, and imagine the beauty of Zip in his caressing arms.
  3. To put on (a piece of clothing); to clothe (someone with something).
  4. To invest (someone) with a given quality, property etc.; to endow.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, “I.11”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], London: [] T[homas] H[arper] for Edward Dod, [], →OCLC:
      That the Sun, Moon, and Stars are living creatures, endued with soul and life, seems an innocent Error, and an harmless digression from truth []
    • 1658 November 26 (date written; Gregorian calendar), Richard Baxter, “[The Christian Religion. [].] The Profession of the Christian Religion. I. The Articles of Christian Belief.”, in Universal Concord. The First Part. The Sufficient Terms Proposed for the Use of Those that Have Liberty to Use Them: [], London: [] R. W[hite] for Nevil Simmons, [], published 1660, →OCLC, paragraph 2, page 5:
      God made man for himſelf in his ovvn image; vvith Reaſon and freevvill: endued vvith vviſdom and holineſs; []
      Footnote references omitted.
    • 1662, [Samuel Butler], “[The First Part of Hudibras]”, in Hudibras. The First and Second Parts. [], London: [] John Martyn and Henry Herringman, [], published 1678, →OCLC; republished in A[lfred] R[ayney] Waller, editor, Hudibras: Written in the Time of the Late Wars, Cambridge: University Press, 1905, →OCLC, canto I:
      Thus was th' accomplish'd squire endued / With gifts and knowledge per'lous shrewd.
    • 1816 June – 1817 April/May (date written), [Mary Shelley], Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. [], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: [] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, published 1 January 1818, →OCLC:
      A being whom I myself had formed, and endued with life, had met me at midnight among the precipices of an inaccessible mountain.
    • 1935, T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral, part II:
      But after dissension / Had ended, in France, and you were endued / With your former privilege, how did you show your gratitude?

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