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underwriter

[uhn-der-rahy-ter] /ˈʌn dərˌraɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or company that underwrites policies of insurance or carries on insurance as a business.
2.
a person or company that underwrites shares or bonds.
3.
a person or organization that finances something; backer:
the underwriters of the ballet company.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; underwrite + -er1
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  • The law is more stringent about the disclosure requirements of an underwriter or a broker than a market maker.
  • He agreed and said he had been unable to get the underwriter to agree to a higher amount.
  • Brokers pop by and propose risks that the underwriter accepts by scribbling the share he wants on the broker's slip.
British Dictionary definitions for underwriter

underwriter

/ˈʌndəˌraɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or enterprise that underwrites public issues of shares, bonds, etc
2.
  1. a person or enterprise that underwrites insurance policies
  2. an employee or agent of an insurance company who assesses risks and determines the premiums payable
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Word Origin and History for underwriter
n.

1610s, "subscriber;" insurance sense from 1620s; agent noun from underwrite.

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