What does insure mean?

Definitions for insure
ɪnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜrin·sure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assureverb

    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"

  2. guarantee, ensure, insure, assure, secureverb

    make certain of

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

  3. cover, insure, underwriteverb

    protect by insurance

    "The insurance won't cover this"

  4. insureverb

    take out insurance for

Wiktionary

  1. insureverb

    To provide for compensation if some specified risk occurs. Often agreed by policy (contract) to offer financial compensation in case of an accident, theft or other undesirable event.

    I'm not insured against burglary.

    Etymology: Recorded since c.1440, as a variant of ensuren (from enseurer, itself from en- "make" + seür "sure", probably influenced by Old French asseürer "to assure"); took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" in 1635, replacing assure.

  2. insureverb

    To deal in such contracts; subscribe to a policy of insurance

    Etymology: Recorded since c.1440, as a variant of ensuren (from enseurer, itself from en- "make" + seür "sure", probably influenced by Old French asseürer "to assure"); took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" in 1635, replacing assure.

  3. insureverb

    To make sure or certain of; guarantee.

    Etymology: Recorded since c.1440, as a variant of ensuren (from enseurer, itself from en- "make" + seür "sure", probably influenced by Old French asseürer "to assure"); took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" in 1635, replacing assure.

  4. insureverb

    To give confidence in the trustworthiness of.

    He insured me that there would be no further delays.

    Etymology: Recorded since c.1440, as a variant of ensuren (from enseurer, itself from en- "make" + seür "sure", probably influenced by Old French asseürer "to assure"); took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" in 1635, replacing assure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insureverb

    to make sure or secure; as, to insure safety to any one

    Etymology: [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure, Ensure.]

  2. Insureverb

    specifically, to secure against a loss by a contingent event, on certain stipulated conditions, or at a given rate or premium; to give or to take an insurance on or for; as, a merchant insures his ship or its cargo, or both, against the dangers of the sea; goods and buildings are insured against fire or water; persons are insured against sickness, accident, or death; and sometimes hazardous debts are insured

    Etymology: [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure, Ensure.]

  3. Insureverb

    to underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent

    Etymology: [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure, Ensure.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insure

    in-shōōr′, v.t. to make sure or secure: to contract for a premium to make good a loss, as from fire, &c., or to pay a certain sum on a certain event, as death.—v.i. to practise making insurance.—adj. Insur′able, that may be insured.—ns. Insur′ance, the act of insuring, or a contract by which one party undertakes for a payment or premium to guarantee another against risk or loss—the written contract called the Insur′ance-pol′icy: the premium so paid; Insur′ancer (obs.); Insur′er, one who agrees to pay money to another party on the happening of a certain event. [O. Fr. enseureren, and seur, sure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. insure

    The act or process of having or providing insurance for.

    To drive a vehicle on the road you must have a valid form of insurance relevant to the vehicle you are driving.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 9, 2015  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'insure' in Verbs Frequency: #1055

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  1. inures, nursie, ursine

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    The numerical value of insure in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of insure in a Sentence

  1. Craig Becker:

    The working uninsured in our state currently find themselves in a coverage gap that results in limited access to healthcare. Insure Tennessee can close this gap and help our neighbors and loved ones find quality coverage and access to care.

  2. Dale Baich:

    Midazolam, the first drug in the three-drug formula used by Oklahoma, is not capable of producing the necessary, deep anesthesia to insure that a prisoner will not experience severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death during the lethal injection process.

  3. Boris Johnson:

    I have questions for one about whether it's right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that, you need to have some system by which tour operators properly insure themselves against this kind of eventuality.

  4. Bertrand Russell, from the essay "The Science to Save Us From Science":

    But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.

  5. Jorge Pinon:

    There does not seem to have been a cutback in crude oil and or petroleum products deliveries by Venezuela to Cuba, according to marine traffic reports, they may be expecting one in the future, building inventories or simply trying to save money or trying to insure there are no blackouts for residents as electricity demand increases.

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