insure

insure
assure, ensure, insure
These three words overlap in meaning, and all have to do with aspects of certainty or security. Assure means ‘to make (a person) sure, to convince’, and can be followed by of or a that-clause (She had to leave, but we were assured of future visits / I solemnly assured him I would say nothing to any one). It also has special uses in to rest assured (‘to be comfortably certain’) and as an adjective assured, meaning ‘self-confident’. Ensure means to ‘make certain, guarantee’, and is followed either by a simple object or (more commonly) by a that-clause (an important decision which ensures personal freedom for all American women / The purpose of the scheme was to ensure that claims when made were paid within thirty days). Insure is restricted to the meaning ‘protect by insurance’ The policy insures them against personal liability claims / You can't insure against drought / It was up to the individual to insure his own property).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • insure — in‧sure [ɪnˈʆʊə ǁ ˈʆʊr] verb [intransitive, transitive] INSURANCE 1. to buy insurance to protect yourself, your family, your business etc against something bad happening, for example accidents, damage to property, or injury caused to others: •… …   Financial and business terms

  • insure — in·sure /in shu̇r/ vb in·sured, in·sur·ing vt: to assure against a loss by a contingent event on certain stipulated conditions or at a given rate of premium: give, take, or procure insurance on or for vi: to contract to give insurance:… …   Law dictionary

  • Insure — In sure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insuring}.] [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st {In }, and {Sure}, and cf. {Assure}, {Ensure}.] [Written also {ensure}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make sure or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insure — ► VERB 1) arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of (property, life, or a person), in exchange for regular payments to a company. 2) secure the payment of (a sum) in this way. 3) (insure against) protect (someone) against (a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Insure — In*sure , v. i. To underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Insure — can mean: * To provide for financial or other mitigation if something goes wrong: see insurance or . * Or you may be looking for ensure or inshore …   Wikipedia

  • insure — (v.) mid 15c., insuren, spelling variant of ensuren (see ENSURE (Cf. ensure)). Took on its particular sense of make safe against loss by payment of premiums from mid 17c. (replacing assure in that meaning). Related: Insured; insuring …   Etymology dictionary

  • insure — *ensure, assure, secure Analogous words: protect, shield, guard, safeguard (see DEFEND): indemnify, compensate (see PAY vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insure — [v] protect, secure assure, cinch, cover, guarantee, guard, hedge, indemnify, register, safeguard, shield, underwrite, warrant;   concepts 317,330 …   New thesaurus

  • insure — [in shoor′] vt. insured, insuring [ME ensuren: see ENSURE] 1. 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) 2. ENSURE vi. to give or take out insurance… …   English World dictionary

  • insure — verb 1 (I, T) to buy insurance to protect yourself against something bad happening to you, your family, your possessions etc: Have you insured the contents of your home? | insure (sth/sb) against sth: It would be wise to insure your property… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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