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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Chipmakers are ordinarily expected to acquire patents related to their chips and indemnify their customers for patent problems. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Even Exxon Mobil’s $1 million gift to the advocacy group arguing for a carbon tax — the Baker Shultz plan — indemnifies them, holds them harmless for climate damages. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.," 12 Oct. 2018 Now, weather protection can be purchased in the form of derivatives or parametric insurance, which, unlike traditional insurance, doesn’t indemnify the loss but instead makes a predetermined payment after a triggering event. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "How Do Energy Companies Measure the Temperature? Not in Fahrenheit or Celsius," 14 Sep. 2018 Merger-and-acquisition engagement letters typically lay out fees and indemnify banks against legal liability. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Elon Musk Tweets Another Surprise, Saying Goldman and Silver Lake Are Tesla Advisers," 14 Aug. 2018 What that became, though, that plus the combination of some legislative things, like Communications Decency Act, section 230, that act was created so that they were indemnified from the content on their platform. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Data for Democracy policy head Renée DiResta answers disinformation questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 July 2018 Here's why this discussion is currently moot in Chicago: Since 1945, the state of Illinois has required the city to indemnify police officers. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Criminal Justice Should Chicago cops have to carry misconduct insurance?," 29 June 2018 As negotiations continued, Wendt said Sacramento review lawyers asked RTA and HORCI to indemnify the state of California for that portion of their property. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Groups seek public access to state-owned property," 10 Apr. 2018 In the lawsuit, which has been assigned to state District Judge Hal Ridley, the Karolyis seek a declaration that they are not required to indemnify the USOC and USA Gymnastics against lawsuit damages. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Karolyis file lawsuit against USA Gymnastics," 1 May 2018

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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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indemnify

verb

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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