Simple Definition of insure
: 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
Examples of insure
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
… his sudden fame probably insured a backlash. —Calvin Tomkins, New Yorker, 6 Dec. 1982
The fact that by supplying his uncle with an amusing mistress he would insure against any awkward second marriage was merely a fortunate coincidence. —Mollie Hardwick, Emma, Lady Hamilton, 1969
We insured our house against fire and flood damage.
I found a company that will insure my car for less than I've been paying.
This policy will insure your car against theft.
She had difficulty finding a company that would insure her.
They take great care to insure the safety and security of their home.
We hope that careful planning will insure success.
Origin of insure
Middle English, to assure, probably alteration of assuren
First Known Use: 1635
Synonym Discussion of insure
Rhymes with insure
abjure, adjure, Adour, allure, amour, Ashur, assure, brochure, ceinture, cocksure, coiffure, conjure, contour, couture, demure, detour, dirt-poor, endure, ensure, faubourg, for sure, Fraktur, grandeur, gravure, guipure, hachure, immure, impure, inure, kultur, land-poor, langur, ligure, manure, mature, mohur, obscure, parure, perdure, procure, rondure, secure, siddur, tambour, tandoor, tenure, Uighur, unmoor, velour, velure
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Definition of insure
1 : to give or get insurance on or for <I insured my car.>
2 : to make certain <I want to insure your safety.>
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