un·​der·​writ·​er | \ ˈən-dər-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce underwriter (audio) , ˈən-də- \

Definition of underwriter

1 : one that underwrites : guarantor
2a : one that underwrites a policy of insurance : insurer
b : one who selects risks to be solicited or rates the acceptability of risks solicited
3 : one that underwrites a security issue

Examples of underwriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web British underwriter Prudential Plc announced plans to set up its Africa headquarters in Nairobi, while TheCityUK, which offers financial and related services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Conrad Onyango, Quartz, 26 June 2022 Barry, as a broker, underwriter and developer, left his mark on landmarks across metro Atlanta. Ben Smith, ajc, 7 June 2022 Premiums should be set by an actuary or independent third-party underwriter. Van Carlson, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 This is several orders-of-magnitude more data on each decision than a traditional underwriter can absorb. Steven Li, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Gentry, 46, grew up in Kenya and previously worked as a mortgage underwriter for USAA, a financial services firm for members and veterans of the U.S. military. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 The main investor and underwriter in that deal, former New York investment firm Salomon Brothers, ended up paying more than $30 million in settlements. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2022 The Kremlin is the primary underwriter of its nation’s culture. Suzanne Nossel, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Teresa Contreras, 22, a senior at North Park University in Chicago, recently accepted an underwriter position at Chubb Ltd. , a global insurance company. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of underwriter

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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un·​der·​writ·​er | \ ˈən-dər-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce underwriter (audio) \

Legal Definition of underwriter

1a : a person (as an individual or a company) who underwrites an insurance policy : insurer
b : a person who assesses risks to be covered by an insurance policy
2 : a person (as an individual or company) who underwrites a security issue — compare issuer

Note: The Securities Act of 1933 requires dealers, issuers, and underwriters to file registration statements for the securities that they sell.

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