Meaning of “ensure” in the English Dictionary

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"ensure" in British English

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ensureverb [ T ]

US also insure uk /ɪnˈʃɔːr/ us /ɪnˈʃʊr/

B2 to make something certain to happen:

The airline is taking steps to ensure safety on its aircraft.
[ + (that) ] The role of the police is to ensure (that) the law is obeyed.
[ + two objects ] Their 2–0 victory today has ensured the Italian team a place in the Cup Final/ensured a place in the Cup Final for the Italian team.

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  • The company's sole concern is to ensure the safety of its employees.
  • Officials will ensure that the election is carried out fairly.
  • We must ensure that tourism develops in harmony with the environment.
  • Our head office will liaise with the suppliers to ensure delivery.
  • You have a legal obligation to ensure your child receives a proper education.

(Definition of “ensure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ensure" in American English

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ensureverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈʃʊər/

insure

(Definition of “ensure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)