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“ensure” in 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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(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/


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We know how difficult it is to create all the conditions necessary to ensure stability and we must work to ensure sustainable growth.
Public resources will be needed to launch proactive policies and to ensure those in danger of being excluded from the labour market are drawn into it.
Along with this commitment there was a commitment in return from workers to make efforts towards productivity to ensure that the site was competitive.
We have prepared a public relations strategy specifically so as to ensure that the proposals are discussed in the public domain.
The directive must also respect the diversity of occupational pension systems while setting some strict standards to ensure their mutual recognition, but without imposing unnecessary costs for pension funds.
We also support the need for an on-going review of the situation to ensure progress does not give rise to social or economic problems.
Finally, we must ensure that the prices are not prohibitive, and here we come back to the problem of intellectual property.
How could we ensure their durability?
Also, the compromise proposal intended to ensure that at least 50% of rich countries' agricultural and food imports come from the poorest countries.
What we do want is to ensure that she is properly informed and that she knows what the disadvantages and potential dangers of a breast implant are.