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.

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That flooding ended up costing approximately $28.5 billion for insurers, not counting the $18.5 billion worth of damage that was uninsured. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Is Already Costing the Insurance Industry Historic Amounts," 17 Apr. 2019 While trying to expand Neighborhood Health Plan’s footprint, Partners executives are also contemplating a takeover of a much larger insurer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Partners HealthCare shifting 100,000 employees, families to company-owned insurer," 27 June 2018 But Lloyd’s of London, the insurer covering the film, decided not to approve the claim. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Even Apple is in talks with private insurers to pay for Apple Watches with fall sensors in order to monitor vulnerable seniors. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay," 23 Feb. 2019 For Florence, the Consumer Federation of America expects that the NFIP, and a few private insurers of flood insurance, will handle as many as 100,000 flood claims for over $7 billion. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 In the United States, private insurers and Medicare plans have generally covered Orkambi. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.," 24 June 2018 In the Senate, Kennedy said, the main sticking point has been the role of private insurers. Drew Broach,, "On flood insurance, here's why John Kennedy thinks reform is languishing," 31 May 2018 Private insurers and providers can still play an important role. The Economist, "Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of insurer

1654, in the meaning defined above

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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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