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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The $190 billion Chinese company, which also has sizable banking, asset-management and fintech arms, argues its heavy investment in technology differentiates it from other insurers. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Insurance Giant Thinks It’s a Tech Company. Maybe It Is.," 13 Mar. 2019 Patients are not covered by insurance for all costs, and sometimes doctors and insurers disagree about the best approach for treatment, adding to stress for families. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing," 14 Jan. 2019 And travel insurers Arch RoamRight and Seven Corners also report double-digit increases. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "You’ve Been Buying Travel Insurance All Wrong," 22 Aug. 2018 Analysts were less certain than the industry about the impact of the payment interruption on insurers. Stephen Singer,, "Insurers See 'Uncertainty' From Trump Administration Payment Halt," 9 July 2018 One reason why insurers impose step therapy is high drug prices. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "To save money, my insurance company forced me to try drugs that didn’t work," 22 June 2018 Health insurers were hiking their rates dramatically and might pull out of the market altogether if the uncertainty fostered by Trump continued. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 Under the existing rule, health insurers cannot place arbitrary limits or restrictions on health services that help a person transition from one gender to another. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People," 21 Apr. 2018 The Assembly and Hogan approved a measure to collect $380 million in taxes from health insurers to curtail skyrocketing premiums for 150,000 Marylanders and prevent the state’s Obamacare marketplace from collapsing. Erin Cox,, "These are the highlights of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session," 10 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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