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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.