Definitions for ensureɛnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•sureɛnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr(v.t.)-sured, -sur•ing.

  1. to secure or guarantee:

    This letter will ensure you a hearing.

  2. to make sure or certain.

  3. to make secure or safe, as from harm.

  4. Ref: insure (defs. 1–3). 3 2 3

Origin of ensure:

1350–1400; ME < AF enseurer. See en -1, sure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. guarantee, ensure, insure, assure, secure(verb)

    make certain of

    "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"

  2. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure(verb)

    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

    "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ensure(verb)ɛnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr

    to make an outcome certain

    We wanted to ensure that nobody was hurt.


  1. ensure(Verb)

    To make a pledge to (someone); to promise, guarantee (someone of something); to assure.

  2. ensure(Verb)

    To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition).

  3. Origin: From enseurer, from seur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ensure(verb)

    to make sure. See Insure

  2. Ensure(verb)

    to betroth

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ensure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #947

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ensure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1774

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ensure' in Verbs Frequency: #163

Anagrams of ensure

  1. enures

Translations for ensure

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make sure

Ensure that your television set is switched off at night.

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