verb (used with object), un·der·wrote, un·der·writ·ten, un·der·writ·ing.
- to write one's name at the end of (a policy), thereby becoming liable in case of certain losses specified in the policy.
- to insure.
- to assume liability to the extent of (a specified sum) by way of insurance.
- to select or rate (risks) for insurance.
verb (used without object), un·der·wrote, un·der·writ·ten, un·der·writ·ing.
Origin of underwrite
Related Words for underwritesubsidize, secure, finance, provide, bankroll, sponsor, approve, guarantee, pay, accede, okay, help, fund, float, consent, support, initial, countersign, back, sign
Examples from the Web for underwrite
Contemporary Examples of underwrite
The Rockefellers were not going to underwrite a museum that promoted communism.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
Of course, plenty of countries are willing to underwrite that expense.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
As heroes, those who serve and sacrifice embody the virtues that underwrite American greatness.How America Screws Its Soldiers
Andrew J. Bacevich
May 28, 2011
Historical Examples of underwrite
I shall not underwrite the name till you have judged of my painting.Secresy
E. (Eliza) Fenwick
And the firm can underwrite the last hundred thousand, and that will clean it up.
Is it all right for us to underwrite the stock ourselves at half price?
The association will also underwrite the bonds and preference shares.The Harris-Ingram Experiment
Charles E. Bolton
Ascher, Stutz & Co. will underwrite the new issues and take three and one-half per cent.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written (tr)
- to sign and issue (an insurance policy) thus accepting liability if specified losses occur
- to insure (a property or risk)
- to accept liability up to (a specified amount) in an insurance policy