Indemnify meaning

ĭn-dĕmnə-fī
The definition of indemnify is to protect against loss, injury or damage or to pay someone for a loss they suffered.

An example of indemnify is when your insurance provider pays you for the repair of damage to your car.

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To protect against damage, loss, or injury; insure.
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To make compensation to for damage, loss, or injury suffered.
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To agree to compensate for any damage or loss. Insurance contracts may state that the policyholder will be indemnified, or restored to his or her original financial position, should a loss occur. Indemnification agreements also may be signed by one party to protect the other party against claims from the other.
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To promise to make good another’s financial loss or liability resulting from a particular event or contingency.
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To secure against loss or damage; to insure.
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​(chiefly law) To compensate or reimburse someone for some expense or injury.
  • 1906, Civil Code of the State of California, page 405.
    The lender of a thing for use must indemnify the borrower for damage caused by defects or vices in it, which he knew at the time of lending, and concealed from the borrower.
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To protect against or keep free from loss, damage, etc.; insure.
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Origin of indemnify

  • Latin indemnis uninjured (in- not in–1) (damnum harm, damage entailing liability) –fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin indemnis (“ unhurt”), from in- (“not”) + damnum (“hurt, damage”). Compare damn, damnify.

    From Wiktionary