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ensure

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
ensure fair play
▪ rules designed to ensure fair play
ensure privacy
▪ He had locked the door to ensure privacy.
ensure the survival of sth/sb
▪ Controlling land development would ensure the survival of many types of wildlife.
ensure/guarantee sb’s safety
▪ There were few laws or regulations to ensure the safety of workers.
ensure/secure/enforce compliance
▪ The staff involved should be monitored to ensure compliance with the policy.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
thus
▪ Myeloski had then insisted that they commandeer the seats on either side, thus ensuring them of privacy on the journey.
▪ Involving users directly in the needs assessment process, thus ensuring them a voice in assistance provided to them. 3.
▪ Bright 16-year-olds abandon all but two or three academic subjects, thus ensuring that scientists remain unread, and arts students maths-blind.
▪ The dynamics of capital accumulation thus ensure that property is distributed unequally, and that it remains so.
▪ The number of people seen is high - up to 100 patients a day - thus ensuring that unit costs are kept low.
▪ Consequently, it was decided that he should no longer be fed, thus ensuring that he would die.
■ NOUN
child
▪ Often these parents have made a big effort to ensure that their children took reading seriously.
▪ The doctors are doing everything they can to ensure the child will be born healthy.
▪ Advocate to ensure that a child is taking the courses necessary to succeed in work and college.
▪ Always ensure that your child is properly restrained in the car on every trip.
▪ The development of cognitive structures is ensured only if the child assimilates and accommodates stimuli in the environment.
▪ It should be the rule rather than the exception that we respect their authority and ensure our children follow the example.
effort
▪ Party leaders will be making efforts to ensure that Mr Lawson is not openly attacked at the conference.
▪ Often these parents have made a big effort to ensure that their children took reading seriously.
▪ During my term, I want to make every effort to ensure that they will be used.
▪ Teachers make great efforts to ensure that they do, even though the standards are demanding, particularly in maths.
▪ Such efforts need coordination to ensure that local effort and dedication is directed to best effect.
▪ It is important that every effort is made to ensure that the implementation of schemes is non-problematic and successful.
▪ Every effort is made to ensure prices are accurate and goods available, but best can not take responsibility for either.
government
▪ We need a government that will help ensure that across the world we can look forward to peace and progress with stability.
▪ It was quite another to establish government policies ensuring blacks a chance at a life-style equivalent to whites.
▪ The arrangements give local governments the opportunity to ensure that cable systems operate in the best interests of their communities.
▪ The role of Government should be to ensure that such pensions met sensible regulation so that the public interest was protected.
▪ But governments must ensure that the former belongs to the human race.
▪ The Government must speedily ensure that the necessary public and private resources are made available to guarantee the investment takes place.
information
▪ The flow of information, visits to the company and discussions with management are strictly controlled to ensure equal dissemination of information.
▪ These new steps will also ensure that Verio customer information is not disclosed to unauthorized parties.
▪ Primary health care managers have the task of ensuring that their health information systems produce relevant information.
▪ Systems should by now have been analysed to ensure that the correct information is provided, and within the time scales allowed.
▪ Likewise arrangements should be made to ensure that supplementary information will be available where required.
▪ The aim was to ensure that the information used in the creation of the initial data base was both accurate and complete.
▪ Regulations under the Consumer Credit Act will of course ensure that accurate cost information is available for all forms of credit.
▪ We will ensure that comparative information about the health standards achieved by health authorities is available to the public.
measure
▪ In such situations we take appropriate measures to ensure that strict confidentiality is maintained in all respects.
▪ By these measures it sought to ensure that direct entry and thesis-entry members were at least of an equivalent calibre to student graduates.
▪ Guidance on measures to ensure a safe environment, and issues related to health and safety at work.
▪ The paper suggests a variety of measures that will ensure that food is kept, distributed and sold in hygienic conditions.
▪ Such measures will ensure that the child is carried successfully and born in a healthy condition.
▪ The designation compels the state authorities to take measures to ensure the fish's survival.
▪ This 720-page document covered in some detail the measures needed to ensure sustainable development.
▪ One of the items available from the display was a simple measure to ensure that all spirits drunk at home are singles.
need
▪ The most often quoted obligations deal with the nature of the service and the need to ensure that content is impartial.
▪ Community-the need to ensure social sustainability.
▪ The overriding need is to ensure these park trees are not merely protected but replanted.
▪ He emphasised the consequent need for schools to ensure that adequate opportunities were provided for improving accomplishments in speaking and listening.
▪ All of this stresses the need to ensure that future development must enhance rather than damage the environment.
▪ Schools need to ensure that all pupils, irrespective of their backgrounds, have an equal opportunity to achieve the attainment targets.
▪ Training department need to ensure the competency of our company representatives before the Bond goes on sale.
▪ Ipswich's 3-2 win over Newcastle means John Lyall's side need six points to ensure promotion.
policy
▪ Blank space Please check your policy schedule at the back of your policy to ensure the details we hold are correct.
▪ The Profitboss initiates policies and practices that ensure all employees are consistently treated.
▪ It was quite another to establish government policies ensuring blacks a chance at a life-style equivalent to whites.
▪ Idleness: to be overcome by government policies that ensure meaningful work for all individuals.
▪ Furthermore, these policies must aim at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy these aspects of health.
▪ We believe we have the policies in place to ensure we maintain that progress in the future.
responsibility
▪ His responsibility is to ensure that a particular package has achieved the quality standards set by the project which is using it.
▪ We would thus have primary responsibility to ensure that the advertisement is factually accurate.
▪ It is our responsibility to ensure defendants are fairly prosecuted, and that has also happened.
▪ CI5 took the responsibility for ensuring that no harm came to, or from, those ill-favoured dignitaries.
▪ States have the responsibility for ensuring teacher competence, and state statutes generally set out standards for teacher certification.
▪ The food industry generally has a clear responsibility to ensure that food supplied to its customers is safe.
▪ The clinical teacher also has a responsibility to ensure that a high standard of nursing care is given to the patient.
safety
▪ Only by ensuring that safety and reliability were maintained could public confidence be restored.
▪ Thus the state should be mainly a night watchman, a low-profile policeman who ensures the basic safety of every individual.
▪ A pulley block was used to ensure the safety of this manoeuvre.
▪ Instead, he stays with Baby-O to ensure his safety.
▪ Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure safety of pupils on trips.
▪ There were few laws or regulations to ensure worker safety.
▪ Every employee should note that it is his responsibility to ensure that Health and Safety regulations are complied with.
▪ It is surely incumbent on us to do everything possible to ensure that safety is paramount.
standard
▪ Labour's independent Food Standards Agency will ensure high food quality standards.
▪ We will back the work of the Broadcasting Standards Council and remain vigilant about ensuring high standards in satellite broadcasts from abroad.
▪ Proper training of food handlers has a vital role in improving their morale and motivation and ensuring that standards are met.
▪ All three flavourings have been produced to ensure they meet the standards for which Schwartz is famous.
▪ The clinical teacher also has a responsibility to ensure that a high standard of nursing care is given to the patient.
▪ The Inspection department's role is to ensure that quality standards are properly maintained, without incurring disproportionate costs.
▪ The Railway Inspectorate will be given full powers to ensure the highest standards of safety.
▪ And it has created a new job, that of quality assurance manager, to ensure that standards are maintained.
success
▪ For the first time, schools must ensure the educational success of all students.
▪ You also must give them resources and reinforcement just in time to ensure their success.
▪ A sunny position and well-drained soil ensure success.
▪ It helps ensure success for novice users.
▪ Having a positive attitude about your progress will ensure you have continued success.
▪ Where the team process excels is in ensuring the candidates' success through the entire work group entry process.
▪ The third speaker explained the role of NGOs and market intermediaries in ensuring project success.
▪ Environmental priorities must be built into all economic decision-making, ensuring that economic success goes hand in hand with environmental responsibility.
survival
▪ These responses ensure the maintenance and survival of an individual and its reproduction.
▪ Subsequently, a government panel decided Uncle Sam should endeavor to ensure survival of at least three thousand pairs.
▪ So breeding in captivity is vital to ensure the species survival.
▪ The power of these fantasies, and not their accuracy, is what ensures their survival.
▪ The publication has received financial support from the Czech Ministry of Culture but is still in need of funding to ensure its survival.
▪ Read in studio A village school is resorting to big business techniques to ensure its survival.
▪ In both cases, opting out was perceived as a means of ensuring the survival of grammar school status.
▪ Although relatively few eggs are produced, the male's care ensures a good survival rate.
system
▪ Right-On movements such as the feminists and the peace campaigners evolved complicated systems to ensure this happened.
▪ The system was designed to ensure a hermetic seal of security, but at the sacrifice of speed and understanding.
▪ What we want is a system that ensures the ability of citizens to participate in the selection of their representatives.
▪ This system ensured reasonably fair representation for each party, whilst preventing a large number of parties being elected to parliament.
▪ A system exists to ensure that at any time, day or night, the consultant's wishes are followed.
▪ Legal requirements need to be considered during the implementation of electronic documentation systems to ensure legal security. 10.2.
▪ The committee system generally ensures detailed coverage of council business.
way
▪ The safest way to ensure that you are getting the best practical business advice for your money is to buy from Croner.
▪ In that way he ensures a total identity with profit.
▪ Making a will is the only way to ensure your wishes are respected.
▪ The only way to ensure randomness is to make sample selections independent of human judgement.
▪ Near vision tasks need to be presented in a way that ensures that materials can be easily accessible to handle.
▪ In a way, you are ensuring your role in the future, no matter how far off that future may be.
▪ One way to ensure the right mix is quite straight forward.
■ VERB
design
▪ This is designed to ensure that the policing of the demonstration can be properly planned.
▪ The system was designed to ensure a hermetic seal of security, but at the sacrifice of speed and understanding.
▪ They are designed to ensure that authors receive recompense for the free provision of their books to the public by libraries.
▪ Shaw v. Hunt: Oddly shaped congressional districts are unconstitutional if they were designed in order to ensure black voting majorities.
▪ There is a desperate need to provide these precious specimens with surroundings that are better designed to ensure their preservation.
▪ The suggestions are not designed to ensure that work-inhibited students quickly become proficient in doing schoolwork.
▪ We make no apology for introducing regulations designed to ensure a fair, healthy and secure society.
▪ The tests are designed to ensure that the waste does not cause significant damage to marine wildlife or human health.
help
▪ We will also use our presidency to help ensure that poorer countries are not disadvantaged as a result of the Single Market.
▪ But in the second trial, Weisberg denied the defense that argument and thus helped to ensure the guilty verdicts.
▪ The stock market's recent steady performance in the run up to the water issue has helped ensure the success of the flotation.
▪ So the coppicing at Westonbirt arboretum may help to ensure the survival of more than just the trees.
▪ This would help ensure the poorer countries did not repeat the environmental mistakes of the northern hemisphere as they pursued economic development.
▪ The information will help the campaign to ensure the survival of one of our most attractive wild animals.
▪ Regular feeding with a general fertiliser will help to ensure that the plants are always supplied with adequate food materials.
▪ Amongst other things, this ought to help to ensure that co-operative R ventures are favoured relative to co-operative D ventures.
require
▪ Discussion: What monitoring arrangements are required to ensure efficiency?
▪ So long as politics requires donations, donations ensure access.
▪ Neither is viable without the other and both require careful management to ensure that their viability is perpetuated.
▪ This requires ensuring that there is a basic valuation and considering its contents.
▪ There is a deceptive simplicity about such lists which requires extensive effort to ensure a comprehensive but coherent content.
▪ Careful timing will also he required to ensure that the item is actually happening at the time it fits into the programme.
▪ Particular care is required to ensure the letter is requested from and signed by the correct parties.
▪ Extensive preparation of the gastrointestinal tract is required to ensure the bowel is free from faecal matter.
seek
▪ If an exparte injunction is to be sought the purchaser should ensure that the exclusivity clause is clear and precise.
▪ With that in mind, bidders sought partners to ensure they could provide the range of services desired by the county.
▪ We take each complaint seriously and seek to ensure that every one is properly examined.
▪ By these measures it sought to ensure that direct entry and thesis-entry members were at least of an equivalent calibre to student graduates.
▪ Dunwoody will be seeking to ensure that the same principle applies whatever day of the week it falls on.
▪ Section 240 seeks to ensure that recipients of the latter will not confuse them with statutory accounts.
▪ However, we must seek ways to ensure that, in the process, they do not destabilise our domestic agriculture.
▪ A member of the mineral trade association is being sought to ensure that there is also adequate linkage with the commercial sector.
take
▪ Steps are being taken to ensure that this and other factors do not impair the future.
▪ Great care must be taken to ensure that solutions are clean and free of extraneous matter.
▪ Great care must be taken to ensure that the line of palms do not look like some modern Forestry Commission plantation.
▪ In such situations we take appropriate measures to ensure that strict confidentiality is maintained in all respects.
▪ None the less, great care is taken in organisations to ensure that the membership is identified and kept under review.
▪ Once the tenure of the Garden had been guaranteed, measures had to be taken to ensure its successful progress.
▪ The designation compels the state authorities to take measures to ensure the fish's survival.
try
▪ Now aid workers are trying to ensure the children's own health and welfare.
▪ And they have tried to ensure that the reading level continually advances.
▪ Mrs McNee tries to ensure that that coincides with the children's return from school.
▪ He was wrangling for the best deal he could get and trying to ensure it would not be his last.
▪ I always talk to the ferrets while the muzzles are put in place and try to ensure that they are never frightened.
▪ I still try to ensure that in general he makes it through a book within a week or ten days.
▪ We try to ensure that green fees listed are correct, but discrepancies may occur.
▪ The plaintiffs' attorneys say they will try to ensure that any funds coming in from Simpson are distributed fairly.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ All the necessary steps had been taken to ensure their safety.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anyone close to Laura could not fail to notice her ability to ensure reality remained in the next room.
▪ But it had been enough to ensure him, at least pictorially, a vicarious immortality.
▪ Economic forces ensure that the same efficient allocation will happen in either case.
▪ Funds are urgently needed to ensure defence in the growing number of political trials and for needy families.
▪ However, tension arose between the need for decentralization in order to ensure more technical efficiency and political fears of too much independence.
▪ She lost Lisa her job, she slept with her fella, ensuring more misery to come.
▪ The mobility of officials ensured that a variety of view-points are available for all districts.
▪ The Problem Administrator will ensure that timely action is taken to resolve the problem.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

ensure

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.]

  1. To make sure or secure; as, to insure safety to any one.

  2. Specifically, to secure against a loss by a contingent event, on certain stipulated conditions, or at a given rate or premium; to give or to take an insurance on or for; as, a merchant insures his ship or its cargo, or both, against the dangers of the sea; goods and buildings are insured against fire or water; persons are insured against sickness, accident, or death; and sometimes hazardous debts are insured.

WordNet

ensure

  1. v. make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!" [syn: guarantee, insure, assure, secure]

  2. 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, insure, see to it, control, ascertain, assure]

Wikipedia

Ensure

Ensure is the brand name of liquid nutritional supplements manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. First produced in 1973 as a medical nutrition product, Ensure beverages are formulated to provide calories, protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Ensure is intended for supplemental use with or between meals and for interim sole-source nutrition. Ensure is not for parenteral use.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ensure

late 14c., from Anglo-French enseurer, from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + Old French seur "sure" (see sure); probably influenced by Old French asseurer "assure." Compare insure. Related: Ensured; ensures; ensuring.

Wiktionary

ensure

vb. (context transitive English) To make a pledge to (someone); to promise, guarantee (someone of something); to assure. (14th-18th c.)

Usage examples of "ensure".

They are those with great Talent who wish to be duarch, and who aspire to being Archon one day if the master scepter comes to Acorus, and they must have some check imposed on them to ensure their loyalty.

He had not only the responsibility of ensuring safe passage to France, but he was to consult with the Honorable John Adams on all important decisions.

When he returned home, he would join with Adana, the female who had been chosen for him, ensuring the continuation of his line, ensuring that all he was, all he knew, would be passed to the next generation.

Valiant fortune, some eighteen million and growing due to good investments directed by Arthur Tetrick, should have ensured that Adelia and Charles Valiant need never labor for their bread and butter.

If capital today is more concerned with ensuring that individuals perform their social labor as consumers, then we can see Condomology as an instance of aestheticizing the political economy.

Then there was breakfast, and the time of work, and the time of study, and Ananke and Pavo would quiz Jalila to ensure that she was following the prescribed Orders of Knowledge.

I shall be pleased to accompany you, purely to ensure that you do not corrupt his morals with your despicable Arminian views.

Alaskan and Athabascan friends were in cahoots, nicely co-ordinating their efforts to keep us wrong-footed and ensuring that we were in A while we should have been in B, and vice versa.

We have known parents who have worked hard to ensure time with their babies despite the demands of their careers.

Tiber rose just enough to ensure that some of the public latrines backfilled and floated excrement out of their doors, a vegetable shortage developed when the Campus Martius and the Campus Vaticanus were covered with a few inches of water, and shoddily built high-rise insulae began to crumble into total collapse or suddenly manifested huge cracks in walls and foundations.

The explanations suggested were that he had made himself very popular at Rome and that his appointment was therefore calculated to strengthen the loosening bonds of the Triple Alliance, and also that his early close association with Bismarck would ensure the maintenance of the Bismarckian tradition.

It is felt by this agency that this would be the best way of ensuring an attitude at the highest level in Bonn that will ensure the continuance of the Waldorf deal.

Seattle, Tortilli not only began work on the independent film he was doing for Cabbagehead Productions, but he completed the behind-the-scenes arrangements that would ensure financial solvency for the rest of his life.

Will of God is able to cope with the ceaseless flux and escape of body stuff by ceaselessly reintroducing the known forms in new substances, thus ensuring perpetuity not to the particular item but to the unity of idea: now, seeing that objects of this realm possess no more than duration of form, why should celestial objects, and the celestial system itself, be distinguished by duration of the particular entity?

The Will of God is able to cope with the ceaseless flux and escape of body stuff by ceaselessly reintroducing the known forms in new substances, thus ensuring perpetuity not to the particular item but to the unity of idea: now, seeing that objects of this realm possess no more than duration of form, why should celestial objects, and the celestial system itself, be distinguished by duration of the particular entity?