Definition of insure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    insure

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3(especially North American English) = ensure
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘assure someone of something’): alteration of ensure.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: insure

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