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v. -sured, -sur•ing. v.t.
assure ensure insure
If you assure someone that something is true or will happen, you tell them that it is definitely true or will definitely happen, often in order to make them less worried.
In British English, to ensure that something happens means to make certain that it happens.
In American English, this word is usually spelled insure.
Insure has another meaning. In both British and American English, if you insure your property, you pay money to a company so that if the property is lost, stolen, or damaged, the company will pay you a sum of money. In this meaning, the spelling is always insure, not 'ensure'.
Past participle: insured
|Verb||1.||insure - 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"|
check off, tick off, mark off, tick, check, mark - put a check mark on or near or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"
control - verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
check - verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
double-check - check once more to be absolutely sure
cross-check - check out conflicting sources; crosscheck facts, for example
cinch - make sure of
card - ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor; "I was carded when I tried to buy a beer!"
spot-check - pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
verify - confirm the truth of; "Please verify that the doors are closed"; "verify a claim"
ascertain, find out, learn, watch, determine, see, check - find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
cover - maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
|2.||insure - make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"|
doom - make certain of the failure or destruction of; "This decision will doom me to lose my position"
make - assure the success of; "A good review by this critic will make your play!"
|3.||insure - protect by insurance; "The insurance won't cover this"|
reinsure - insure again by assuming all or a part of the liability of an insurance company already covering a risk
warrant, guarantee - stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information"
indemnify - secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for; "This plan indemnifies workers against wages lost through illness"
cover - to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
|4.||insure - take out insurance for|
reinsure - insure again by transferring to another insurance company all or a part of a liability assumed
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
reinsure - provide additional insurance for
coinsure - take out coinsurance
insure[ɪnˈʃʊəʳ] VT [+ house, property] → asegurar
to insure sb or sb's life → hacer un seguro de vida a algn
to insure o.s. or one's life → hacerse un seguro de vida
to insure sth against fire/theft → asegurar algo contra incendios/robo
to insure one's life for £500,000 → hacerse un seguro de vida por valor de 500.000 libras
to be insured to do sth → tener un seguro que permite hacer algo
I'm insured to drive any car → tengo un seguro que me permite conducir cualquier coche
I'm insured to drive my husband's car → estoy en el seguro del coche de mi marido
insure[ɪnˈʃʊər ɪnˈʃɔːr] vt [+ person] → assurer; [+ possessions, car, house] → assurer
to insure sb's life → assurer qn sur la vie
to insure one's life → s'assurer sur la vie
to be insured for £50000 [person, possessions] → être assuré(e) pour 50000 livres, être assuré(e) pour une somme de 50000 livres
to be insured against sth [person, possessions] [+ fire, theft] → être assuré(e) contre qch