You probably hope that your years of ballet classes will endue you with the ability to dance like Baryshnikov. In other words, you’re dreaming that all of those arabesques and pirouettes will provide you with the dancing talent you wish for.

Endue is a fancy literary term that shows up most often in formal writing, but you could impress someone by using it to mean “endow,” “invest,” or “empower.” Less often, endue is used to mean “to put clothes on,” or “dress,” which makes sense when you know that endue comes from the Latin word induere, or “to put on.”

Definitions of endue
  1. verb

    give qualities or abilities to

    empower, endow, gift, indue, invest
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    invest with a large or excessive amount of something
    type of:


    render capable or able for some task

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