[ ree-in-shoor, -shur ]

verb (used with object),re·in·sured, re·in·sur·ing.
  1. to insure again.

  2. Insurance. to insure under a contract by which a first insurer is relieved of part or all of the risk, which devolves upon another insurer.

Origin of reinsure

First recorded in 1745–55; re- + insure

Other words from reinsure

  • re·in·sur·er, noun

Words Nearby reinsure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reinsure in a sentence

  • It has tried to undercut, has been badly hit by a long series of small fires, and it hasn't been able to reinsure.

    Howards End | E. M. Forster
  • There is a class of optimists ready to reinsure an “overdue” ship at a heavy premium.

    The Mirror of the Sea | Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for reinsure


/ (ˌriːɪnˈʃʊə, -ʃɔː) /

  1. to insure again

  2. (of an insurer) to obtain partial or complete insurance coverage from another insurer for (a risk on which a policy has already been issued)

Derived forms of reinsure

  • reinsurance, noun
  • reinsurer, noun

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