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 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 Logan said the company was never fully paid for the audit, nor did the Senate indemnify the company as was required by the company's contract. Derek Gilliam, The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2022 To allow Covid-19 vaccine doses to be sent to any country, manufacturers require governments to indemnify them against any liability in the extremely rare cases where people might suffer injury from the vaccine. Seth Berkley, STAT, 10 Dec. 2021 The city is asking a judge to enforce the provision in the operating agreements that calls for the companies to indemnify the city against any damages and to pay the city’s costs to defend any lawsuits generated by the scooters. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021 As concerns grew about new infections, the federal government on Monday decided to make AstraZeneca available to all adults and to indemnify against lawsuits doctors who administer it. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Becker said the government’s case was an overreach and that future witnesses will be lying or exaggerating to indemnify the singer. Jem Aswad, Variety, 18 Aug. 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 22 May. 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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