[in-shoo rd, -shurd]


the person, group, or organization whose life or property is covered by an insurance policy.

Origin of insured

First recorded in 1675–85; insure + -ed2
Related formsun·in·sured, adjectivewell-in·sured, adjective


[in-shoor, -shur]

verb (used with object), in·sured, in·sur·ing.

to guarantee against loss or harm.
to secure indemnity to or on, in case of loss, damage, or death.
to issue or procure an insurance policy on or for.

verb (used without object), in·sured, in·sur·ing.

to issue or procure an insurance policy.

Origin of insure

1400–50; late Middle English; variant of ensure
Related formso·ver·in·sure, verb (used with object), o·ver·in·sured, o·ver·in·sur·ing.pre·in·sure, verb (used with object), pre·in·sured, pre·in·sur·ing.

Synonyms for insure

1. warrant. 4. assure. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for insured

protected, guaranteed, warranted

Examples from the Web for insured

Contemporary Examples of insured

Historical Examples of insured

  • There were scores entered in the race, and that insured a good attendance at the event.

  • The agility and bounds of the evening were insured only at a price like this.


    Samuel Smiles

  • He meant to keep up her allowance, he said, and he had insured his life for her.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "I would have insured her against even suspicion," he remarked.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Why, she went and insured all their lives aforehand, she did.

British Dictionary definitions for insured



covered by insurancean insured risk


the person, persons, or organization covered by an insurance policy



(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
Derived Formsinsurable, adjectiveinsurability, noun
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Word Origin and History for insured



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper