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, 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"

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

    make certain of

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

  3. cover, insure, underwrite(verb)

    protect by insurance

    "The insurance won't cover this"

  4. insure(verb)

    take out insurance for


  1. insure(Verb)

    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.

  2. insure(Verb)

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

  3. insure(Verb)

    : To make sure or certain of; guarantee.

  4. insure(Verb)

    : To give confidence in the trustworthiness of.

    He insured me that there would be no further delays.

  5. Origin: 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. Insure(verb)

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

  2. Insure(verb)

    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

  3. Insure(verb)

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

  4. Origin: [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  

British National Corpus

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

Anagrams for insure »

  1. inures, nursie, ursine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    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. Executive Blaine Ayers:

    We are taking steps to insure that this will never happen again.

  2. Chase Leblanc:

    Fate and time may conspire to fade your youthful shimmer but you must constantly perspire in order to insure your shine.

  3. Author Unknown, (apocryphal):

    The tipping custom originated in England when small sums were dropped into a box marked T.I.P.S. --TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE.

  4. A Bartlett Giamatti:

    It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table.

  5. Chief Executive Bronek Masojada:

    If oil prices stay low, that means there is less exploration activity, there are fewer rigs out at sea and therefore there are fewer things to insure.

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  • pojistitCzech
  • versichernGerman
  • asekuriEsperanto
  • asegurarSpanish
  • بیمه کردنPersian
  • vakuuttaaFinnish
  • verzekeren, borgen, [[doen in]] [[verzekeringen]], waarborgen, garanderenDutch
  • застраховать, страховаться, страховать, подстраховатьсяRussian
  • sigorta etmek, güvence vermekTurkish

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