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 Such agreements are used in part to prevent customers from taking advantage of banks with fake claims, and because banks typically have to indemnify the recipient’s financial institution in order to recoup money for their client, legal experts say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "After He Fell for a $40K Phone Scam, His Bank Offered to Help—If He Stayed Quiet," 31 Jan. 2020 Maryland law and the city’s labor agreement with the police union require the city to indemnify officers — cover their legal fees and any judgments — for actions within their employment scope, but not for actions that go beyond it. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Judge rules Baltimore must cover payment to GTTF victim; city to appeal in face of wave of similar cases," 4 Oct. 2019 The policy indemnifies the MDC for damages due to a wrongful or negligent act that arises from the MDC’s performance of its duties. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "MDC cannot use insurance policy to offset costs it faces in case of imposing illegal charges on homeowners," 26 Sep. 2019 These include an indemnifying waiver and a promise of confidentiality. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 Nor did Yastrzemski’s status indemnify him from failing in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants rally but fall to Red Sox after another tough Bumgarner road start," 19 Sep. 2019 Amazon decided against selling the book in Britain (and some other European countries) after Hachette refused to indemnify it against legal action. The Economist, "The story behind “Billion Dollar Whale”," 19 Sep. 2019 In a crackdown, the city will require tour companies to adopt new safety procedures, get comprehensive liability insurance and indemnify the city. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today: The economic toll of Trump’s green-card rules," 13 Aug. 2019 The city plans to begin requiring local Segway tour companies to follow new safety procedures, acquire comprehensive liability insurance and indemnify the city against any potential lawsuits. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego cracking down on Segways to curb injury payouts," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Indemnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indemnify. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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