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underwrite

[ uhn-der-rahyt, uhn-der-rahyt ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r藞ra瑟t, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢ra瑟t /
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verb (used with object), un路der路wrote [uhn-der-roht, uhn-der-roht], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞ro蕣t, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢ro蕣t/, un路der路writ路ten [uhn-der-rit-n, uhn-der-rit-], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞r瑟t n, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢r瑟t-/, un路der路writ路ing.
verb (used without object), un路der路wrote [uhn-der-roht, uhn-der-roht], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞ro蕣t, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢ro蕣t/, un路der路writ路ten [uhn-der-rit-n, uhn-der-rit-], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞r瑟t n, 藞蕦n d蓹r藢r瑟t-/, un路der路writ路ing.
to underwrite something.
to carry on the business of an underwriter.
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Origin of underwrite

First recorded before 1400鈥50; late Middle English, translation of Latin subscr墨bere 鈥渢o write underneath, sign, subscribe鈥; see origin at subscribe
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British Dictionary definitions for underwrite

underwrite
/ (藞蕣nd蓹藢ra瑟t, 藢蕦nd蓹藞ra瑟t) /

verb -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written (tr)
finance to undertake to purchase at an agreed price any unsold portion of (a public issue of shares, etc)
to accept financial responsibility for (a commercial project or enterprise)
insurance
  1. to sign and issue (an insurance policy) thus accepting liability if specified losses occur
  2. to insure (a property or risk)
  3. to accept liability up to (a specified amount) in an insurance policy
to write (words, a signature, etc) beneath (other written matter); subscribe
to support or concur with (a decision, statement, etc) by or as if by signature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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