insure

insure (v.) mid-15c., insuren, spelling variant of ensuren (see ENSURE (Cf. ensure)). Took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" from mid-17c. (replacing assure in that meaning). Related: Insured; insuring.

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  • insure — in‧sure [ɪnˈʆʊə ǁ ˈʆʊr] verb [intransitive, transitive] INSURANCE 1. to buy insurance to protect yourself, your family, your business etc against something bad happening, for example accidents, damage to property, or injury caused to others: •… …   Financial and business terms

  • insure — in·sure /in shu̇r/ vb in·sured, in·sur·ing vt: to assure against a loss by a contingent event on certain stipulated conditions or at a given rate of premium: give, take, or procure insurance on or for vi: to contract to give insurance:… …   Law dictionary

  • Insure — In sure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insuring}.] [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st {In }, and {Sure}, and cf. {Assure}, {Ensure}.] [Written also {ensure}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make sure or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insure — ► VERB 1) arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property, life, or a person), in exchange for regular payments to a company. 2) secure the payment of (a sum) in this way. 3) (insure against) protect (someone) against (a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Insure — In*sure , v. i. To underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Insure — can mean: * To provide for financial or other mitigation if something goes wrong: see insurance or . * Or you may be looking for ensure or inshore …   Wikipedia

  • insure — *ensure, assure, secure Analogous words: protect, shield, guard, safeguard (see DEFEND): indemnify, compensate (see PAY vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insure — [v] protect, secure assure, cinch, cover, guarantee, guard, hedge, indemnify, register, safeguard, shield, underwrite, warrant;   concepts 317,330 …   New thesaurus

  • insure — [in shoor′] vt. insured, insuring [ME ensuren: see ENSURE] 1. to contract to be paid or to pay money in the case of loss of (life, property, etc.); take out or issue insurance on (something or someone) 2. ENSURE vi. to give or take out insurance… …   English World dictionary

  • insure — verb 1 (I, T) to buy insurance to protect yourself against something bad happening to you, your family, your possessions etc: Have you insured the contents of your home? | insure (sth/sb) against sth: It would be wise to insure your property… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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