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verb [transitive]     underwrite pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleunderwriting
past tenseunderwrote
past participleunderwritten
  1. 1
    to invest money to help someone to start a new project

    We are looking for someone to underwrite our new stadium.

  2. 2
    business to protect someone from loss with an insurance policy
    1. a.
      business to protect a company from loss by agreeing to buy any remaining stock that is not bought by the public when the stock first becomes available for sale


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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