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verb insure pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈʃʊə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinsuring
past tenseinsured
past participleinsured
  1. 1
    [transitive] to regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something that you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured
    Have you insured the car?
    insure someone/something against something: It is advisable to insure all oriental rugs against theft and damage.
    insure someone/something for something: They’ve insured the painting for over half a million pounds.
    insure yourself (against something): Insuring yourself against a critical illness is very important.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] if an insurance company insures you or something that you own, they accept money from you and agree to pay you if you die or are ill or injured, or if something that you own is damaged, lost, or stolen
      insure someone against something: This policy insures you against theft and fire damage.
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  2. 2
    an American spelling of ensure

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