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[in-shoo r, -shur] /ɪnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
verb (used with object), insured, insuring.
to guarantee against loss or harm.
to secure indemnity to or on, in case of loss, damage, or death.
to issue or procure an insurance policy on or for.
ensure (defs 1–3).
verb (used without object), insured, insuring.
to issue or procure an insurance policy.
Origin of insure
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; variant of ensure
Related forms
overinsure, verb (used with object), overinsured, overinsuring.
preinsure, verb (used with object), preinsured, preinsuring.
1. warrant. 4. assure. Unabridged
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  • In order to insure that the tools of privacy are available to all, individual acts of heroism are required.
  • Insofar as people find themselves unable to insure against the significant dangers of life, there is a role for government.
  • The only solution is to increase publishing, to insure a record of such work is created and maintained.
  • High bandwidths are required for this as employers will require monitoring to insure that their employees are actually working.
  • Even ants cooperate among themselves to insure survival of the community.
  • They all wanted to believe that their credit-default swaps could continue to insure against debt defaults.
  • Cities no longer have the funds to self-insure themselves from the accustomed barrage of monthly lawsuits.
  • The nature of reserves is that they insure against emergencies.
  • Or, for that matter, finding a way to insure a whole island against everything.
  • We live in a post military world where land holdings do not insure security or sovereignty.
British Dictionary definitions for insure


/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


/ɪnˈʃʊə; -ˈʃɔː/
(often foll by against) to guarantee or protect (against risk, loss, etc): we insured against disappointment by making an early reservation
(often foll by against) to issue (a person) with an insurance policy or take out an insurance policy (on): his house was heavily insured against fire, after all his car accidents the company refuses to insure him again
another word (esp US) for ensure (sense 1), ensure (sense 2)
Also (rare) (for senses 1, 2) ensure
Derived Forms
insurable, adjective
insurability, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for insure

mid-15c., insuren, spelling variant of ensuren (see ensure). Took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" from mid-17c. (replacing assure in that meaning). Related: Insured; insuring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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