Meaning of “insure” in the English Dictionary

"insure" in English

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uk /ɪnˈʃɔːr/ us /ɪnˈʃʊr/

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

"insure" in American English

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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 reporters check to insure the accuracy of the story.

insure verb (PROTECT)

[ T ] to protect yourself or your property against damage or loss by making regular payments to a company that will pay for the damage or loss if it happens:

We’ve insured our house 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 /ɪnˈʃʊər/ us INSURANCE

to protect yourself against risk by buying insurance from a company that will provide an agreed amount of money if a particular event happens, 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 provide insurance 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)