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ensure

[en-shoo r, -shur] /ɛnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
verb (used with object), ensured, ensuring.
1.
to secure or guarantee:
This letter will ensure you a hearing.
2.
to make sure or certain:
measures to ensure the success of an undertaking.
3.
to make secure or safe, as from harm.
4.
insure (defs 1–3).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ensuren < Anglo-French enseurer. See en-1, sure
Related forms
ensurer, noun
unensured, adjective
Synonyms
3. protect, guard, safeguard.
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British Dictionary definitions for unensured

ensure

/ɛnˈʃʊə; -ˈʃɔː/
verb (transitive)
1.
(may take a clause as object) to make certain or sure; guarantee: this victory will ensure his happiness
2.
to make safe or secure; protect
Derived Forms
ensurer, noun
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Word Origin and History for unensured

ensure

v.

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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