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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.


vb. (present participle of insure English)

Usage examples of "insuring".

Louis without buying a ticket first, thereby insuring that his flight would not be recorded until the bus's trip records were turned in on the west coast.

The basic idea of holding off death by insuring proper scavenging of waste products is not new-I have a bit of chicken heart which has been alive for two and one half centuries through equivalent techniques.

Cautiously, insuring his dark, curly hair wouldn't be visible above the lip of the ditch he was lying in, he verified his earlier count: 12 guards and 48 prisoners.

I decided to devote my recognized intellect to insuring that one nation could dominate all the others, thereby ending the ceaseless bickerings and wars for all time.

He passed several trees and a bicycle, running due south, keeping his gaze on the command post, insuring the Doktor did not look in his direction.

For insuring to all masters and mistresses the losses they may sustain by servants.

At least Archer isn’t insuring the rest of your jewelry for this soiree,” Walker said.

He hefted his own weapon and stared at it as if it had just miraculously appeared in his hand, changed it to another hand by way of insuring its realness and solidity.

Fourth, to place the ship completely out of commission immediately upon landing would be the most certain way of insuring a long period of rest and relaxation, during which period time could be spent seeking higher ideals.

Haven't they been overly concerned about insuring that all the legal formalities are complied with?

The lands adjoining Rodire's estate were left unmanaged, and Rodire was responsible for insuring that the tax payments were made, that the land was posted, and that would-be settlers and squatters were quietly evicted on a periodic basis.

Nor are they specifically charged with insuring that such weapons do not enter private hands.

Louis without buying a ticket first, thereby insuring that his flight would not be recorded until the bus’s trip records were turned in on the west coast.