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

Other Words from indemnify

indemnifier \ in-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce indemnify (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
Recent Examples on the Web The city attorney also advised the council that settling the case would mean the city could not recover its legal costs to date and would wrongly indemnify the two defendants from ongoing and future litigation. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 In his 2003 book with Michael Cowes called Worry Free Investing and in his 2011 book with Rachelle Taqqu, called Risk Less and Prosper, Zvi and his co-authors emphasize buying TIPS to indemnify specific spending goals. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Republican legislators overrode the governor’s veto and in a special session passed legislation to indemnify UHSAA against litigation costs. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 The installation must meet all applicable codes, the homeowner can be required to indemnify the HOA from any loss or damage arising from the system and to maintain, replace or repair the roofs under the system. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 North Korea had completed some of the requirements for accepting Covax deliveries, but there were ongoing negotiations on whether North Korea is willing to indemnify the vaccine manufacturer against unexpected side effects. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 According to a summary filed in court on March 1, the court has ordered the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, where the incident occurred, to indemnify Diaz-Navarro if he is found liable of negligence. Landon Mion, Fox News, 7 May 2022 Please like, subscribe, indemnify and hold blameless. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 22 Apr. 2022 Needless to say, the humanitarian agencies that are sometimes the only point of contact with the buffer’s populations of concern are in no position to indemnify multibillion-dollar corporations for unlimited amounts of liability. Seth Berkley, STAT, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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