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verb un·der·write \ˈən-də(r)-ˌrīt, ˌən-də(r)-ˈ\

: to give money to support (something, such as a new business) and agree to be responsible for any losses if it fails

: to agree to pay for a certain kind of loss or damage by offering (an insurance policy)

: to agree to buy (shares) that are not bought by investors when the shares are first offered for sale

un·der·wrote\-ˌrōt, -ˈrōt\un·der·writ·ten\-ˌri-tən, -ˈri-tən\un·der·writ·ing\-ˌrī-tiŋ, -ˈrī-\

Full Definition of UNDERWRITE

transitive verb
:  to write under or at the end of something else
:  to set one's name to (an insurance policy) for the purpose of thereby becoming answerable for a designated loss or damage on consideration of receiving a premium percent :  insure on life or property; also :  to assume liability for (a sum or risk) as an insurer
:  to subscribe to :  agree to
a :  to agree to purchase (as security issue) usually on a fixed date at a fixed price with a view to public distribution
b :  to guarantee financial support of <underwrite a project>
intransitive verb
:  to work as an underwriter

Examples of UNDERWRITE

  1. <a university willing to underwrite an archaeological expedition>

First Known Use of UNDERWRITE

14th century

Rhymes with UNDERWRITE

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