- 1[transitive, intransitive] to buy insurance so that you will receive money if your property, car, etc. gets damaged or stolen, or if you get ill/sick or die insure something/yourself (for something) The painting is insured for $1 million. insure something/yourself (against something) The car is insured against fire and theft. Luckily he had insured himself against long-term illness. (figurative) Having a lot of children is a way of insuring themselves against loneliness in old age. insure against something We strongly recommend insuring against sickness or injury. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
- 2[transitive] insure somebody/something to sell insurance to somebody for something The company can refuse to insure a property that does not have window locks.
- 3(especially North American English) = ensure Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘assure someone of something’): alteration of ensure.
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊə(r)//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they insure
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊə(r)//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊr//he / she / it insures
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊəz//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔːz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊrz//past simple insured
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊəd//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊrd//past participle insured
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊəd//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊrd//-ing form insuring
BrE BrE//ɪnˈʃʊərɪŋ//, BrE//ɪnˈʃɔːrɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈʃʊrɪŋ//Motoring problems and accidents