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verb (used with object), in·dem·ni·fied, in·dem·ni·fy·ing.
  1. to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
  2. to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).
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Origin of indemnify

1605–15; < Latin indemni(s) without loss (see indemnity) + -fy
Related formsin·dem·ni·fi·er, nounpre·in·dem·ni·fy, verb (used with object), pre·in·dem·ni·fied, pre·in·dem·ni·fy·ing.un·in·dem·ni·fied, adjective


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Related Words

pay, compensate, return, remit, reimburse, insure, assure, register, guarantee

Examples from the Web for indemnify

Historical Examples

  • But the law does not even seek to indemnify a man from all harms.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • To indemnify himself he taxes for these, for forces their use.

  • And you,” he added, turning to me,—“are you willing to indemnify this man for damage done?

    A Tramp's Wallet

    William Duthie

  • We have seen how he had already been enabled to indemnify himself.

  • If that is the case, you should indemnify the Rondics for their loss.


    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for indemnify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for; insure
  2. to compensate for loss, injury, expense, etc; reimburse
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Derived Formsindemnification, nounindemnifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for indemnify


"compensate for loss or expense," 1610s, from Latin indemnis "unhurt" (see indemnity) + -fy. Related: Indemnified; indemnifying.

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