- 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.
Origin of underwrite
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How to use underwrite in a sentence
Once “The Hustler” was optioned by Hollywood, though, he used the cash to underwrite an MA in creative writing from the University of Iowa.‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a bestseller, but its author, Walter Tevis, was hardly a one-hit wonder|Michael Dirda|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
It can underwrite the cost of meals for students and help pay for nurses in every school.
Nor did state legislatures step up to the plate and generously underwrite higher education to meet this increasing demand, so colleges and universities raised fees to cover expenses.Even forgiving student loans won’t solve the higher education funding crisis|Elizabeth Shermer|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
With home sales at a peak, underwriting growing rapidly, and a fleshed-out management team, Better hopes its turn to shine in the public markets has finally arrived.As home sales skyrocket and IPO looms, Diane Yu joins fintech Better.com as CTO|Danny Crichton|January 15, 2021|TechCrunch
For the next 20 years, DHHL received $30 million annually, helping underwrite the development of more homesteads.The Government Promised to Return Ancestral Hawaiian Land, Then Never Finished the Job|by Rob Perez, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Agnel Philip, ProPublica|December 19, 2020|ProPublica
The Rockefellers were not going to underwrite a museum that promoted communism.
Of course, plenty of countries are willing to underwrite that expense.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?|Michael Schulson|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or the Social and National Security tax, because it would underwrite both kinds.
As heroes, those who serve and sacrifice embody the virtues that underwrite American greatness.
I'd undertake to underwrite the whole English-speaking world to keep peace, under our leadership.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
On learning that we were intending to enter Hudson Straits, the agent refused to underwrite us: it was too ugly a risk.Left on Labrador|Charles Asbury Stephens
The parents had agreed to underwrite lunches at the barn and Betty Miller philosophically assumed the role of commissary officer.Junior Achievement|William Lee
The English issuing house sends round a stockbroker to underwrite the loan.International Finance|Hartley Withers
I shall not underwrite the name till you have judged of my painting.Secresy|E. (Eliza) Fenwick
British Dictionary definitions for underwrite
- 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