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INSURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insure mean? 

INSURE (verb)
  The verb INSURE has 4 senses:

1. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
2. make certain of
3. protect by insurance
4. take out insurance for

  Familiarity information: INSURE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSURE (verb)


Sense 1insure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

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 "insure" is one way to...):

verify (confirm the truth of)

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

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


Sense 2insure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make certain of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

ensure; assure; 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 "insure"):

doom (make certain of the failure or destruction of)

make (assure the success of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3insure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect by insurance

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

underwrite; insure; cover

Context example:

The insurance won't cover this

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

guarantee; warrant (stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of)

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

indemnify (secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for)

reinsure (insure again by assuming all or a part of the liability of an insurance company already covering a risk)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4insure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take out insurance for

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

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

protect (shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage)

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

reinsure (insure again by transferring to another insurance company all or a part of a liability assumed)

reinsure (provide additional insurance for)

coinsure (take out coinsurance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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