[en-shoo r, -shur]
- to secure or guarantee: This letter will ensure you a hearing.
- to make sure or certain: measures to ensure the success of an undertaking.
- to make secure or safe, as from harm.
- insure(defs 1–3).
Origin of ensure
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3. protect, guard, safeguard.
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Examples from the Web for ensured
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For they left nothing to chance that could be ensured by effort.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
After these vigorous but justifiable measures, obedience was ensured.The Philippine Islands
It was the defeat of his schemes in America that ensured their defeat in England.The War of Independence
This ensured a good bond between the wall proper and the footing.Concrete Construction
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We may well be ensured that no wrong shall be done to them that have done no wrong.In Convent Walls
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esp US insure
- (may take a clause as object) to make certain or sure; guaranteethis victory will ensure his happiness
- to make safe or secure; protect
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Word Origin and History for ensured
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