What does underwrite mean?

Definitions for underwriteˌʌn dərˈraɪt, ˈʌn dərˌraɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word underwrite.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underwrite

    un-dėr-rīt′, v.t. to write under something else: to subscribe: to subscribe one's name to for insurance: (Shak.) to submit to.—v.i. to practise insuring.—ns. Un′derwriter, one who insures, as shipping, so called because he underwrites his name for a certain amount to the conditions of the policy; Un′derwriting.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underwrite in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underwrite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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. Richard Farley:

    There seems to be a renewed appetite among banks to underwrite second-lien deals, which is very promising.

  3. 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.

  4. Graham Jackson:

    Companies like Google are expert at protecting value, if there is profit to be made from underwriting, they will underwrite.

  5. Tom Newberry:

    There are a lot more situations where banks can’t underwrite the risk or are less comfortable doing so, we think it is an ongoing opportunity and we think getting this team gives us the opportunity to address that.

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