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"insure" in British English

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insureverb

uk   /ɪnˈʃɔːr/  us   /-ˈʃʊr/
[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​protect yourself against ​risk by ​regularlypaying a ​specialcompany that will ​provide a ​fixedamount of ​money if you are ​killed or ​injured or if ​yourhome or possessions are ​damaged, ​destroyed, or ​stolen: The ​house is insured for two million ​dollars. All ​ourhouseholdgoods are insured againstaccidentaldamage. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I'm not insured todrive his ​car. [T] to ​provideinsurance for someone or something: They ​refused to insure us because they said we're too ​old. Many ​companies won't insure new or ​youngdrivers.
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(Definition of insure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insure" in American English

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insureverb

 us   /ɪnˈʃʊər/
  • insure verb (MAKE CERTAIN)

(also ensure) to make something ​certain, or to be ​certain about something: [+ (that) clause] Because of the ​importance of the ​game, we ​wanted to insure (that) it would be ​televised. [T] We had ​reporterscheck to insure the ​accuracy of the ​story.
  • insure verb (PROTECT)

[T] to ​protect yourself or ​yourproperty against ​damage or ​loss by making ​regularpayments to a ​company that will ​pay for the ​damage or ​loss if it ​happens: We’ve insured ​ourhouse for $100,000.
(Definition of insure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"insure" in Business English

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insureverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈʃʊər/ INSURANCE
to ​protect yourself against ​risk by ​buyinginsurance from a ​company that will ​provide an ​agreedamount of ​money if a particular ​eventhappens, for ​example if you are ​killed or ​injured or if your possessions are ​damaged or ​stolen: insure sb/sth/yourself against sth We hadn't insured the bicycles against ​theft. insure sth for sth The antique ​dealer said we should insure the ​desk for at least £2,000.
to ​provideinsurance for someone or something: insure sb/sth against sth We can insure you against most of the ​risks involved in ​owning and ​operating a boat.
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(Definition of insure from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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