# insure

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verb in·sure \in-ˈshu̇r, -ˈshər-\

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## insuring

1. ###### transitive verb
2. 1 :  to provide or obtain insurance on or for

3. 2 :  to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions

4. ###### intransitive verb
5. :  to contract to give or take insurance

## Examples of insure in a Sentence

1. He found the language not obscene … but did find it intentionally disruptive, and held that school officials had the right to insure that a high-school assembly proceed in an orderly manner, without hoots and howls and all that snickering. —William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 24 Aug. 1986

2. … his sudden fame probably insured a backlash. —Calvin Tomkins, New Yorker, 6 Dec. 1982

3. The fact that by supplying his uncle with an amusing mistress he would insure against any awkward second marriage was merely a fortunate coincidence. —Mollie Hardwick, Emma, Lady Hamilton, 1969

4. We insured our house against fire and flood damage.

5. I found a company that will insure my car for less than I've been paying.

6. This policy will insure your car against theft.

7. She had difficulty finding a company that would insure her.

8. They take great care to insure the safety and security of their home.

9. We hope that careful planning will insure success.

## Recent Examples of insure from the Web

• The statue was insured for $106,000, with a$5,000 deductible.
• According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the second iteration, which stalled on July 17th, would have resulted in 22m fewer insured within a decade.
• At the time, most South Floridians were insured by national companies like Prudential and State Farm.
• Exceptions to a standard-type floor plan were airlock entry points, to insure the interior air quality and temperature, and an inside greenhouse than runs the length of the south-facing side of the building.
• The researchers found that in-hospital mortality for Medicaid patients was worse than for uninsured or privately insured patients, though lower than Medicare patients.
• Nearly all of Erie's patients are insured through Medicaid, said Amy Valukas, chief operating officer for the system of clinics.
• The cost to insure sovereign debt from default dropped the most in a month.
• Failure to take steps to prevent and insure against it could make board members liable to homeowners for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty for any losses stemming from the breach.

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## Origin and Etymology of insure

Middle English, to assure, probably alteration of assuren

## Synonym Discussion of insure

ensure, insure, assure, secure mean to make a thing or person sure. ensure, insure, and assure are interchangeable in many contexts where they indicate the making certain or inevitable of an outcome, but ensure may imply a virtual guarantee the government has ensured the safety of the refugees, while insure sometimes stresses the taking of necessary measures beforehand careful planning should insure the success of the party, and assure distinctively implies the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind. I assure you that no harm will be done secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss. sent reinforcements to secure their position

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## Definition of insure for English Language Learners

• : to buy insurance for (something, such as property or health)

• : to provide insurance for (something, such as property or health); also : to provide (someone) with insurance

• : to make (something) sure, certain, or safe

## insure

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verb in·sure \in-ˈshu̇r\

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## insuring

1. 1 :  to give or get insurance on or for I insured my car.

2. 2 :  to make certain I want to insure your safety.

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## insure

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verb in·sure \in-ˈshu̇r\

## insuring

1. ###### transitive verb
2. :  to assure against a loss by a contingent event on certain stipulated conditions or at a given rate of premium :  give, take, or procure insurance on or for
3. ###### intransitive verb
4. :  to contract to give insurance :  underwrite; also :  to procure or effect insurance

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