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[ree-in-shoo r, -shur] /ˌri ɪnˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
verb (used with object), reinsured, reinsuring.
to insure again.
Insurance. to insure under a contract by which a first insurer is relieved of part or all of the risk, which devolves upon another insurer.
Origin of reinsure
First recorded in 1745-55; re- + insure
Related forms
reinsurer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It has tried to undercut, has been badly hit by a long series of small fires, and it hasn't been able to reinsure.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • There is a class of optimists ready to reinsure an “overdue” ship at a heavy premium.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for reinsure


/ˌriːɪnˈʃʊə; -ʃɔː/
verb (transitive)
to insure again
(of an insurer) to obtain partial or complete insurance coverage from another insurer for (a risk on which a policy has already been issued)
Derived Forms
reinsurance, noun
reinsurer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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