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[in-shoo r-er, -shur-] /ɪnˈʃʊər ər, -ˈʃɜr-/
a person or company that contracts to indemnify another in the event of loss or damage; underwriter.
a person or thing that insures.
a person who sells insurance.
Origin of insurer
1645-55; insure + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Solar installations are so uncommon that neither our insurer nor our bank knew quite what to do, which added to the delay.
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  • Lifetime limits on the amount of health care an insurer will pay for will be eliminated, and annual limits will be restricted.
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  • Otherwise, no insurer would take on a student who wanted to buy such insurance.
  • My dental insurer says that the jaw problems are a medical condition, and therefore will not cover any treatment.
  • And so government has stepped in as the ultimate insurer.
  • As an insurer, it would worry about a big settlement.
  • Since the government essentially owns the mortgage purchaser and insurer, that's essentially a direct loss for taxpayers.
  • Your health insurer won't pay for experimental treatments.
British Dictionary definitions for insurer


/ɪnˈʃʊərə; -ˈʃɔː-/
a person or company offering insurance policies in return for premiums
a person or thing that insures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for insurer

1650s, agent noun from insure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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