indemnify

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

Definition of indemnify

transitive verb

1 : to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2 : to make compensation to for incurred hurt, loss, or damage

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Other Words from indemnify

indemnifier \ in-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce indemnify (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of indemnify in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web As concerns grew about new infections, the federal government on Monday decided to make AstraZeneca available to all adults and to indemnify against lawsuits doctors who administer it. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Becker said the government’s case was an overreach and that future witnesses will be lying or exaggerating to indemnify the singer. Jem Aswad, Variety, 18 Aug. 2021 But technical issues still need to be resolved, such as ensuring proper storage and delivery systems are in place and negotiating whether North Korea is willing to indemnify the vaccine manufacturer against unexpected side effects, Salvador said. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 The federal government late Monday agreed to indemnify doctors against any issues in patients under 60 who choose to take the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 The government late Monday agreed to indemnify doctors who administer the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been blamed for at least two fatalities from a rare blood clot complication in Australia since April. Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 29 June 2021 Alternatively, the South African government could indemnify the company, and Gray says such negotiations are underway. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 7 June 2021 The state Senate agreed to indemnify the county against financial losses resulting from the audit. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 The trend has raised the suggestion that individual officers should indemnify themselves — though the costs could be prohibitive for officers, Schultz said. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of indemnify

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- + damnum damage

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“Indemnify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indemnify. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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indemnify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of indemnify

: to protect (someone) by promising to pay for the cost of possible future damage, loss, or injury
: to give (someone) money or another kind of payment for some damage, loss, or injury

indemnify

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

Legal Definition of indemnify

1 : to secure against hurt, loss, or damage
2 : to compensate or reimburse for incurred hurt, loss, or damage

Other Words from indemnify

indemnifier noun

History and Etymology for indemnify

Latin indemnis unharmed, from in- not + damnum damage

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