• (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈʃʊə/, /ɪnˈʃɔː/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈʃʊɚ/

insure (insures, present participle insuring; past and past participle insured)

  1. (transitive) To provide for compensation if some specified risk occurs. Often agreed by policy (contract) to offer financial compensation in case of an accident, theft or other undesirable event.
    I'm not insured against burglary.
  2. (intransitive) To deal in such contracts; subscribe to a policy of insurance
  3. (chiefly US, transitive) Alternative spelling of ensure; to make sure or certain of; guarantee.
    • 1787, Preamble to the United States Constitution,
      ''We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 19,
      […] the sentry placed over the prisoner had strict orders to let no one have communication with him but the Chaplain. And certain unobtrusive measures were taken absolutely to insure this point.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: страхова́ть
  • Russian: страхова́ться

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