In·sure v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insured p. pr. & vb. n. Insuring.] [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.
In·sure, v. i. To underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent.
v 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:
4: take out insurance for