indemnify

verb
in·​dem·​ni·​fy | \ in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce indemnify (audio) \
indemnified; indemnifying

Definition of indemnify

transitive verb

1 : to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2 : to make compensation to for incurred hurt, loss, or damage

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Other Words from indemnify

indemnifier \ in-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce indemnifier (audio) \ noun

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pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred. paid their bills compensate implies a making up for services rendered. an attorney well compensated for her services remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for. promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law. all creditors will be satisfied in full reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit. reimbursed employees for expenses indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare. indemnified the families of the dead miners repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount. repay a favor with a favor recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward. passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of indemnify in a Sentence

Again, let's look at auto insurance, which indemnifies the holder against loss. If a policy-holder's car is wrecked, the insurance company sends him a check for the value of the car … — John Steele Gordon, American Heritage, May–June 1992 We moved quickly, and the House approved an appropriation of $60,000 to indemnify Hamilton Jordan for his legal fees. — Tip O'Neill, in Man of the House, 1987 Likewise, the "sexagenarians law," which freed slaves over 60 years old, required those slaves to indemnify their masters, as did nearly every act of manumission. — Shepard Foreman, New York Times Book Review, 2 Nov. 1986 the company generously indemnifies workers who are injured on the job
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Recent Examples on the Web Automakers traditionally have their components makers handle any patent licensing issues and indemnify the automaker from infringement suits. Susan Decker, Bloomberg.com, "Qualcomm-Nokia Group Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit by Auto Supplier," 12 Sep. 2020 The following month, the city council of Greenwood Village, another Denver suburb, voted to indemnify any officer on the hook for such a penalty. Washington Post, "Elijah McClain’s death reflects failures of White, suburban police departments," 2 Sep. 2020 One reason the supervisors supported the idea was Gore’s assurance that any new contract would indemnify the county in future lawsuits if inmates get sick or die due to lapses in medical or mental health treatment. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hours after voting to explore more outsourcing in county jails, supervisors decide to sue contractors," 9 Aug. 2020 But Andersson pushed back on those predictions, noting that officers are indemnified, and monetary judgments don't come out of their own pockets. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court announcement on reexamining qualified immunity for police could come soon," 5 June 2020 The fund covers all users of South African roads against injuries sustained or death in motor vehicle accidents, indemnifying those who cause the accident, as​ we​ll as providing personal in​jury and death insurance to victims. Los Angeles Times, "This stuntwoman lost her arm on a ‘Resident Evil’ movie. Then her ordeal began," 4 May 2020 In some instances, the contractors have to indemnify the government, which puts the contractors on the hook for any royalty demands. Susan Decker, Bloomberg.com, "World War II-Style Mobilization Order May Carry Risks," 10 May 2020 According to one official, the idea would be to indemnify the major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies from liability if the vaccines cause sickness or death, and to involve the Pentagon in the testing program. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump seeks push to speed vaccine, despite safety concerns," 29 Apr. 2020 Google fought tooth and nail to take back every penny paid to Anthony for his multibillion dollar contributions and now Uber is refusing to indemnify Anthony despite explicitly agreeing to do so. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineer at the center of Waymo/Uber legal battle declares bankruptcy," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of indemnify

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- + damnum damage

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The first known use of indemnify was in 1611

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22 Sep 2020

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“Indemnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indemnify. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for indemnify

indemnify

verb
How to pronounce indemnify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of indemnify

law
: to protect (someone) by promising to pay for the cost of possible future damage, loss, or injury
: to give (someone) money or another kind of payment for some damage, loss, or injury

indemnify

transitive verb
in·​dem·​ni·​fy | \ in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce indemnify (audio) \
indemnified; indemnifying

Legal Definition of indemnify

1 : to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2 : to compensate or reimburse for incurred hurt, loss, or damage

Other Words from indemnify

indemnifier noun

History and Etymology for indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- not + damnum damage

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