indemnify

verb
in·dem·ni·fy | \in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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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 Montgomery's letter threatens financial sanctions against the municipalities and offers to indemnify those departments for legal costs. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Maricopa County attorney seeks to usurp police control of records, video," 20 May 2018 Unable to comply with the request, county Supervisor Dianne Jacob offered to indemnify the state. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Groups seek public access to state-owned property," 10 Apr. 2018 Are there any laws addressing onerous provisions in snow and ice removal contracts such as hold harmless provisions for the association to indemnify a snow removal contractor if it is sued (even if caused caused by the contractor’s negligence)? Howard Dakoff, chicagotribune.com, "What can condo association do about an owner's disruptive tenant?," 17 Jan. 2018 Trudeau’s government upped the ante this week, with Finance Minister Bill Morneau pledging to indemnify the C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) project for politically motivated delays and backstop any company willing to take it on. Michael Bellusci, Bloomberg.com, "For Sale: Stalled Pipeline Project, Protesters Included," 18 May 2018 Read this: Costs are high - and rising - in Louisville's basketball scandal cleanup Ramsey's request for financial assistance says the foundation is required to indemnify him by state law and its own bylaws. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "James Ramsey wants U of L to pay his legal fees in its suit against him," 7 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

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- not + damnum damage

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indemnify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of indemnify

: 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 \
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

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