Insure meaning

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To make sure, certain, or secure.
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To make sure or certain; guarantee; ensure.

Measures to insure accuracy.

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To buy or sell insurance.
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To make safe; protect; ensure.

Safety devices to insure workers against accidents.

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To give or take out insurance.
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To obtain an insurance policy on something.
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Used in error to mean to make certain of something of something by taking necessary precautions. I vote for #1, exclusively. It makes me crazy when people talk about how some process or some such thing insures some result. I think that the only thing that insures something is an insurance policy, and even that only insures that somebody gets paid when the barn burns down or some such thing and even that assumes that the insurance company will actually live up to the terms of the policy and pay up. Oh, well, maybe it's just me utilizing my editorial privilege and ranting on and on and on in unnecessarily complex sentences. See also ensure and utilize.
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To provide for compensation if some specified risk occurs. Often agreed by policy (contract) to offer financial compensation in case of an accident, theft or other undesirable event.

I'm not insured against burglary.

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(intransitive) To deal in such contracts; subscribe to a policy of insurance.
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(chiefly US) Alternative spelling of ensure: To make sure or certain of; guarantee.
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(perhaps nonstandard) Alternative form of assure: To give confidence in the trustworthiness of.

He insured me that there would be no further delays.

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Insure is defined as to provide insurance or to make sure of something.

An example of to insure is for Geico Insurance to provide plans for its customers.

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To contract to be paid or to pay money in the case of loss of (life, property, etc.); take out or issue insurance on (something or someone)
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Origin of insure

  • Middle English ensuren to assure from Old French enseurer possibly variant of assurer assure

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

  • Recorded since c.1440, as a variant of Middle English ensuren (from Anglo-Norman enseurer, itself from en- "make" + Old French seür "sure", probably influenced by Old French asseürer "to assure"); took on its particular sense of "make safe against loss by payment of premiums" in 1635, replacing assure.

    From Wiktionary