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[en-shoo r, -shur] /ɛnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
verb (used with object), ensured, ensuring.
to secure or guarantee:
This letter will ensure you a hearing.
to make sure or certain:
measures to ensure the success of an undertaking.
to make secure or safe, as from harm.
insure (defs 1–3).
Origin of ensure
1350-1400; Middle English ensuren < Anglo-French enseurer. See en-1, sure
Related forms
ensurer, noun
unensured, adjective
3. protect, guard, safeguard. Unabridged
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  • Before anyone's claim to celestial fame is ensured, however, new objects need to be certified as such.
  • These who have ensured their remembrance by their deserts.
  • If nothing else, this stance ensured that life sciences would become ever more inter- and multidisciplinary.
  • They picked a color of laser light that ensured the energy absorbed by the molecules would not set them spinning.
  • Combined with the traditional emphasis on nature's nasty side, this taboo ensured that these studies went largely ignored.
  • The dark tank ensured that the sharks would be active.
  • Your privacy within this coveted location is ensured by an electric driveway gate.
  • They ensured good behaviour by having miscreants publicly flogged.
  • He also ensured that motorbike taxis were registered with city hall and that their drivers were issued with numbered jackets.
  • And it ensured that the researchers involved got a piece of the action.
British Dictionary definitions for ensured


/ɛnˈʃʊə; -ˈʃɔː/
verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to make certain or sure; guarantee: this victory will ensure his happiness
to make safe or secure; protect
Derived Forms
ensurer, noun
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Word Origin and History for ensured



late 14c., from Anglo-French enseurer, from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + Old French seur "sure" (see sure); probably influenced by Old French asseurer "assure." Related: Ensured; ensures; ensuring.

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