indemnify

verb in·dem·ni·fy \ in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of indemnify

indemnified; indemnifying
transitive verb
1 : to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2 : to make compensation to for incurred hurt, loss, or damage

indemnifier

play \in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of indemnify in a Sentence

  1. 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 GordonAmerican HeritageMay–June 1992
  2. We moved quickly, and the House approved an appropriation of $60,000 to indemnify Hamilton Jordan for his legal fees. —Tip O'Neillin Man of the House1987
  3. 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 ForemanNew York Times Book Review2 Nov. 1986
  4. the company generously indemnifies workers who are injured on the job

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Origin and Etymology of indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- + damnum damage

indemnify Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of indemnify

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

INDEMNIFY Defined for English Language Learners

indemnify

verb

Definition of indemnify for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

indemnify

transitive verb in·dem·ni·fy \ in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī \

legal Definition of indemnify

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

indemnifier

noun

Origin and Etymology of indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- not + damnum damage



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