in·​sur·​er | \ in-ˈshu̇r-ər How to pronounce insurer (audio) , -ˈshər- \

Definition of insurer

: one that insures specifically : an insurance underwriter

Examples of insurer in a Sentence

In this policy, the insurer agrees to pay for all medical expenses.
Recent Examples on the Web The plan failed when an insurer balked at the idea of so many drug dependent insureds living at a common address. Edmund H. Mahony,, "California minister sent to jail in massive Obamacare fraud after using phony addresses in Connecticut and other states," 23 Feb. 2021 The loss figure is an estimate of what an insurer would have to charge per year to cover flood damage to those homes. USA Today, "Flood-prone homeowners could see major rate hikes in FEMA flood insurance changes, new study finds," 21 Feb. 2021 The bill would target long wait times at Health Maintenance Organizations, or HMOs, like Kaiser Permanente, which serve as both an health care insurer and a provider. Nora Mishanec,, "New state bill seeks to reduce wait times for mental health follow-up visits," 14 Jan. 2021 UnitedHealth Group, which is parent company of the large health insurer UnitedHealthcare, is backing several research projects related to the pandemic. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "As case counts stabilize, Minnesota sees surge in COVID-19 deaths," 5 Dec. 2020 Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec invested $800 million in Inigo, an insurer formed by Lloyd’s of London. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "It’s the great San Francisco exodus," 24 Nov. 2020 The victims of the scam were C.R. England Inc. of Salt Lake City, which owned and tractor-trailer and employed its driver, and Chubb Limited, a global insurer based in Zurich, Switzerland. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, "'Slammers,' 'spotters,' crooked lawyers: 4 more indicted in New Orleans staged accident scam," 17 Oct. 2020 Claims tallied by researchers at UnitedHealth Group Inc., parent of the largest U.S. health insurer, show mammograms dropped by as much as 95% in the second week of April compared with that same week in previous years. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses," 15 Oct. 2020 The San Antonio insurer and financial services company is the city’s second largest private-sector employer — about 19,000 of its 35,000 employees work here — and its annual employee bonus attracts a lot of attention. Patrick Danner,, "USAA’s annual employee bonus shrinks amid pandemic," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of insurer

1654, in the meaning defined above

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“Insurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of insurer

: a company that provides insurance


in·​sur·​er | \ in-ˈshu̇r-ər How to pronounce insurer (audio) \

Legal Definition of insurer

: one that contracts to indemnify another by way of insurance : an insurance company or underwriter

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