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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ensure mean? 

ENSURE (verb)
  The verb ENSURE has 2 senses:

1. make certain of
2. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

  Familiarity information: ENSURE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ENSURE (verb)

Sense 1ensure [BACK TO TOP]


Make certain of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


assure; ensure; guarantee; insure; secure

Context examples:

This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us / Preparation will guarantee success!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ensure"):

doom (make certain of the failure or destruction of)

make (assure the success of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 2ensure [BACK TO TOP]


Be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


insure; see to it; ascertain; ensure; check; assure; control; see

Context examples:

He verified that the valves were closed / See that the curtains are closed / control the quality of the product

Hypernyms (to "ensure" is one way to...):

verify (confirm the truth of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ensure"):

proof; proofread (read for errors)

cover (maintain a check on; especially by patrolling)

spot-check (pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality)

card (ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor)

cinch (make sure of)

cross-check (check out conflicting sources; crosscheck facts, for example)

double-check (check once more to be absolutely sure)

control (verify by using a duplicate register for comparison)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

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