AskDefine | Define insure

Dictionary Definition



1 be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: see, check, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure]
2 make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!" [syn: guarantee, ensure, assure, secure]
3 protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this" [syn: cover, underwrite]
4 take out insurance for

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To provide for mitigation if something goes wrong. Often agree by contract to offer financial compensation in case of an accident, theft or other undesirable event.
    I'm not insured against burglary.
  2. misspelling of assure
  3. misspelling of ensure (British English)
  4. To assure, i.e. to promise with emphasis.
    He insured me that there would be no further delays.
  5. To ensure. (American English)
    Insure that it does not happen again.

Usage notes

Note that both the person taking out insurance and the company with whom the policy is taken are said to insure the risk.

Derived terms


to provide for mitigation if something goes wrong
to assure, i.e. to promise with emphasis
to ensure

Extensive Definition

Insure can mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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