Underwrite meaning

ŭndər-rīt
To support or agree to (a decision, for example).
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To act as an underwriter, especially to issue an insurance policy.
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(archaic) To write under something, esp. under something written; subscribe.
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To agree to buy (an issue of stocks, bonds, etc.) on a given date and at a fixed price, or to guarantee the purchase of (stocks or bonds to be made available to the public for subscription)
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To subscribe or agree to, as by signature.
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To agree to pay for the cost of or pledge to cover the financial losses of (an undertaking, etc.)
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To underwrite something.
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To be in business as an underwriter.
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To write below or under; subscribe.
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To sign; to put one's name to.
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To agree to pay by signing one's name; subscribe.
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Specifically, to assume financial responsibility for something, and guarantee it against failure.
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(intransitive) To act as an underwriter.
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To support, lend support to, guarantee the basis of.
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To submit to; put up with.
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Origin of underwrite

  • From Middle English underwriten, from Old English underwrÄ«tan (“to write at the foot of, write under, subscribe"), equivalent to under- +"Ž write.

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