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dow·er

 (dou′ər)
n.
1. Law
a. A spouse's legal entitlement, during his or her lifetime, to a share of a deceased spouse's real estate or other property.
b. The part or interest of a deceased man's real estate allotted by law to his widow for her lifetime.
2. A natural endowment or gift; a dowry.
tr.v. dow·ered, dow·er·ing, dow·ers
To give a dower to; endow.

[Middle English douere, from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, dōārium, from Latin dōs, dōt-, dowry; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

dower

(ˈdaʊə)
n
1. (Law) the life interest in a part of her husband's estate allotted to a widow by law
2. (Sociology) an archaic word for dowry1
3. a natural gift or talent
vb
(Law) (tr) to endow
[C14: from Old French douaire, from Medieval Latin dōtārium, from Latin dōs gift]
ˈdowerless adj

dow•er

(ˈdaʊ ər)

n.
1. the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for life.
v.t.
3. to provide with a dower or dowry.
[1250–1300; Middle English dowere < Old French do(u)aire < Medieval Latin dōtārium. See dot2, -ary]
dow′er•less, adj.

Dower

 a burrow of rabbits or the like, 1490.

dower


Past participle: dowered
Gerund: dowering

Imperative
dower
dower
Present
I dower
you dower
he/she/it dowers
we dower
you dower
they dower
Preterite
I dowered
you dowered
he/she/it dowered
we dowered
you dowered
they dowered
Present Continuous
I am dowering
you are dowering
he/she/it is dowering
we are dowering
you are dowering
they are dowering
Present Perfect
I have dowered
you have dowered
he/she/it has dowered
we have dowered
you have dowered
they have dowered
Past Continuous
I was dowering
you were dowering
he/she/it was dowering
we were dowering
you were dowering
they were dowering
Past Perfect
I had dowered
you had dowered
he/she/it had dowered
we had dowered
you had dowered
they had dowered
Future
I will dower
you will dower
he/she/it will dower
we will dower
you will dower
they will dower
Future Perfect
I will have dowered
you will have dowered
he/she/it will have dowered
we will have dowered
you will have dowered
they will have dowered
Future Continuous
I will be dowering
you will be dowering
he/she/it will be dowering
we will be dowering
you will be dowering
they will be dowering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dowering
you have been dowering
he/she/it has been dowering
we have been dowering
you have been dowering
they have been dowering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dowering
you will have been dowering
he/she/it will have been dowering
we will have been dowering
you will have been dowering
they will have been dowering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dowering
you had been dowering
he/she/it had been dowering
we had been dowering
you had been dowering
they had been dowering
Conditional
I would dower
you would dower
he/she/it would dower
we would dower
you would dower
they would dower
Past Conditional
I would have dowered
you would have dowered
he/she/it would have dowered
we would have dowered
you would have dowered
they would have dowered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dower - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriagedower - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
gift - something acquired without compensation
2.dower - a life estate to which a wife is entitled on the death of her husband
estate for life, life estate - (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
Verb1.dower - furnish with an endowment; "When she got married, she got dowered"
gift, present, give - give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
benefice - endow with a benefice

dower

noun dowry, share, portion, legacy, inheritance, provision The dower was comprised of royal French lands in Artois.

dower

verb
To present with a quality, trait, or power:
Translations
lesken osuus
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