[in-shoo r, -shur]
- to issue or procure an insurance policy.
Origin of insure
1400–50; late Middle English; variant of ensure
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1. warrant. 4. assure.
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Examples from the Web for overinsured
When the insured has overinsured on an unvalued policy, a proportionate part of the premium is returnable.
- (often foll by against) to guarantee or protect (against risk, loss, etc)we insured against disappointment by making an early reservation
- (often foll by against) to issue (a person) with an insurance policy or take out an insurance policy (on)his house was heavily insured against fire; after all his car accidents the company refuses to insure him again
- another word (esp US) for ensure (def. 1), ensure (def. 2)
Also (rare) (for senses 1, 2): ensure
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Word Origin and History for overinsured
mid-15c., insuren, spelling variant of ensuren (see ensure). Took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" from mid-17c. (replacing assure in that meaning). Related: Insured; insuring.
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