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.
- o·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.
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How to use insure in a sentence
Narrowing your niche insures long-term success, while also simplifying your life.
Leaving no stone unturned to pull off lofty projects insures against regrets.
The care shown in rearing insures a perfect straightness of stem, and an equable diameter of about an inch or an inch and a half.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Personal immortality is only to be desired if it insures the lifting of our faculties to their highest power of expression.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He says that this suture insures the redintegration of the nerve much better.Old-Time Makers of Medicine | James J. Walsh
Some men argue that this sum insures an excellent investment.The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
Ribbons of the same kind are used on the typewriter for filling in names and addresses, which insures a perfect match.
British Dictionary definitions for insure
(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
- Also (rare) (for senses 1, 2): ensure
- insurable, adjective
- insurability, noun
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