Definitions for underwriteˌʌn dərˈraɪt, ˈʌn dərˌraɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underwrite, subvention, subvent(verb)

    guarantee financial support of

    "The opera tour was subvented by a bank"

  2. cover, insure, underwrite(verb)

    protect by insurance

    "The insurance won't cover this"


  1. underwrite(Verb)

    To write below or under; subscribe.

  2. underwrite(Verb)

    To subscribe (a document, policy etc.) with one's name.

  3. underwrite(Verb)

    To sign; to put one's name to.

  4. underwrite(Verb)

    To agree to pay by signing one's name; subscribe.

  5. underwrite(Verb)

    Specifically, to assume financial responsibility for something, and guarantee it against failure.

  6. underwrite(Verb)

    To act as an underwriter.

  7. underwrite(Verb)

    To support, lend support to, guarantee the basis of.

  8. underwrite(Verb)

    To submit to; put up with.

  9. Origin: From underwriten, from underwritan, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underwrite(verb)

    to write under something else; to subscribe

  2. Underwrite(verb)

    to subscribe one's name to for insurance, especially for marine insurance; to write one's name under, or set one's name to, as a policy of insurance, for the purpose of becoming answerable for loss or damage, on consideration of receiving a certain premium per cent; as, individuals, as well as companies, may underwrite policies of insurance

  3. Underwrite(verb)

    to practice the business of insuring; to take a risk of insurance on a vessel or the like

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Financial Officer Alan Dean:

    The fines, we can't use to underwrite some other part of our business.

  2. Lillian Smith:

    To believe in something to yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives it is the only way we can leave the future open.

  3. Nuno Estacio:

    This is a positive development for Abengoa after (previous) news that the banks were not willing to underwrite the capital increase. However we think it will take time and delivery of the goals to regain investor confidence.

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