verb in·sure \in-ˈshr\

: to buy insurance for (something, such as property or health)

: to provide insurance for (something, such as property or health); also : to provide (someone) with insurance

: to make (something) sure, certain, or safe


Full Definition of INSURE

transitive verb
:  to provide or obtain insurance on or for
:  to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions
intransitive verb
:  to contract to give or take insurance

Examples of INSURE

  1. We insured our house against fire and flood damage.
  2. I found a company that will insure my car for less than I've been paying.
  3. This policy will insure your car against theft.
  4. She had difficulty finding a company that would insure her.
  5. They take great care to insure the safety and security of their home.
  6. We hope that careful planning will insure success.
  7. He found the language not obscene … but did find it intentionally disruptive, and held that school officials had the right to insure that a high-school assembly proceed in an orderly manner, without hoots and howls and all that snickering. —William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 24 Aug. 1986

Origin of INSURE

Middle English, to assure, probably alteration of assuren
First Known Use: 1635

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