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

Synonym Discussion of INSURE

ensure, insure, assure, secure mean to make a thing or person sure. ensure, insure, and assure are interchangeable in many contexts where they indicate the making certain or inevitable of an outcome, but ensure may imply a virtual guarantee <the government has ensured the safety of the refugees>, while insure sometimes stresses the taking of necessary measures beforehand <careful planning should insure the success of the party>, and assure distinctively implies the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind <I assure you that no harm will be done>. secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss <sent reinforcements to secure their position>.
INSURING Defined for Kids


verb in·sure \in-ˈshr\

Definition of INSURE for Kids

:  to give or get insurance on or for <I insured my car.>
:  to make certain <I want to insure your safety.>
in·sur·er noun


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