indemnify

verb

in·​dem·​ni·​fy in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce indemnify (audio)
indemnified; indemnifying

transitive verb

1
: to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2
: to make compensation to for incurred hurt, loss, or damage
indemnifier noun
Choose the Right Synonym for indemnify

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something.

pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred.

paid their bills

compensate implies a making up for services rendered.

an attorney well compensated for her services

remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for.

promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely

satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law.

all creditors will be satisfied in full

reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit.

reimbursed employees for expenses

indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare.

indemnified the families of the dead miners

repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount.

repay a favor with a favor

recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward.

passengers were recompensed for the delay

Example Sentences

Again, let's look at auto insurance, which indemnifies the holder against loss. If a policy-holder's car is wrecked, the insurance company sends him a check for the value of the car … John Steele Gordon, American Heritage, May–June 1992 We moved quickly, and the House approved an appropriation of $60,000 to indemnify Hamilton Jordan for his legal fees. Tip O'Neill, in Man of the House, 1987 Likewise, the "sexagenarians law," which freed slaves over 60 years old, required those slaves to indemnify their masters, as did nearly every act of manumission. Shepard Foreman, New York Times Book Review, 2 Nov. 1986 the company generously indemnifies workers who are injured on the job
Recent Examples on the Web Curtis, the general counsel, said litigation is likely, and there is nothing in HB374 to indemnify local school districts from that. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 The mayor and council majority also agreed to indemnify Cisterra and lender CGA Capital in the Gordon case and in lawsuits filed by city workers and contractors who say they were wrongly exposed to asbestos inside the 101 Ash St. building. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2022 Municipalities still indemnify police officers from damages in nearly all civil lawsuits, and police unions cannot point to any case in Connecticut before or since the police accountability law where an officer was made to pay damages. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 30 Sep. 2022 Council members on Tuesday voted 6-3 to buy out those leases for a total of $132 million and indemnify Cisterra and CGA from any future legal damages. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 The city attorney also advised the council that settling the case would mean the city could not recover its legal costs to date and would wrongly indemnify the two defendants from ongoing and future litigation. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 In his 2003 book with Michael Cowes called Worry Free Investing and in his 2011 book with Rachelle Taqqu, called Risk Less and Prosper, Zvi and his co-authors emphasize buying TIPS to indemnify specific spending goals. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Republican legislators overrode the governor’s veto and in a special session passed legislation to indemnify UHSAA against litigation costs. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 The installation must meet all applicable codes, the homeowner can be required to indemnify the HOA from any loss or damage arising from the system and to maintain, replace or repair the roofs under the system. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- + damnum damage

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indemnify was in 1611

Dictionary Entries Near indemnify

Cite this Entry

“Indemnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indemnify. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

indemnify

verb

in·​dem·​ni·​fy in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce indemnify (audio)
indemnified; indemnifying
1
: to insure or protect against loss, damage, or injury
2
: to give something in order to make up for loss, damage, or injury
indemnify victims of a disaster
indemnification
-ˌdem-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən
noun

Legal Definition

indemnify

transitive verb

in·​dem·​ni·​fy in-ˈdem-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce indemnify (audio)
indemnified; indemnifying
1
: to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2
: to compensate or reimburse for incurred hurt, loss, or damage
indemnifier noun

History and Etymology for indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- not + damnum damage

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