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underwriter

[uhn-der-rahy-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or company that underwrites policies of insurance or carries on insurance as a business.
  2. a person or company that underwrites shares or bonds.
  3. a person or organization that finances something; backer: the underwriters of the ballet company.
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Origin of underwriter

First recorded in 1610–20; underwrite + -er1
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underwriter

noun
  1. a person or enterprise that underwrites public issues of shares, bonds, etc
    1. a person or enterprise that underwrites insurance policies
    2. an employee or agent of an insurance company who assesses risks and determines the premiums payable
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Word Origin and History for underwriter

n.

1610s, "subscriber;" insurance sense from 1620s; agent noun from underwrite.

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