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in·sure

insure

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn shur [or] ihn shuhr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: insures, insuring, insured
definition 1: to guarantee against loss or harm, as with an insurance policy.
We insured our house against flooding.
similar words:
cover, guarantee, guaranty, underwrite, warrant
definition 2: to guarantee or make sure of; ensure.
They thought that a move to the country insured a pleasant life.
similar words:
cover, ensure
definition 3: (of an insurance company) to issue a policy that covers (a person or item) should that person or thing cause injury or damage, or should that person or thing be injured, lost, or damaged itself.
Some companies will not insure young drivers.
definition 4: to take out an insurance policy on (something) that will pay out a specified amount should that thing be lost or damaged.
He insured the painting for a half million dollars.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to buy or sell insurance policies.
similar words:
underwrite
definition 2: to help ward off or protect against something unwanted.
Making the necessary repairs now will insure against greater damage in the future.
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