[ in-dem-nuh-fahy ]
/ ɪnˈdɛm nəˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), in·dem·ni·fied, in·dem·ni·fy·ing.

to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).

Nearby words

  1. indeliberate,
  2. indelible,
  3. indelicacy,
  4. indelicate,
  5. indemnification,
  6. indemnitee,
  7. indemnitor,
  8. indemnity,
  9. indemonstrable,
  10. indene

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indemnify


/ (ɪnˈdɛmnɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for; insure
to compensate for loss, injury, expense, etc; reimburse
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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