• WordNet 3.6
    • v insure be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something "He verified that the valves were closed","See that the curtains are closed","control the quality of the product"
    • v insure make certain of "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us","Preparation will guarantee success!"
    • v insure protect by insurance "The insurance won't cover this"
    • v insure take out insurance for
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Britain, provides insurance plans for protection from falling coconuts
    • Insure Specifically, to secure against a loss by a contingent event, on certain stipulated conditions, or at a given rate or premium; to give or to take an insurance on or for; as, a merchant insures his ship or its cargo, or both, against the dangers of the sea; goods and buildings are insured against fire or water; persons are insured against sickness, accident, or death; and sometimes hazardous debts are insured.
    • Insure To make sure or secure; as, to insure safety to any one.
    • v. i Insure To underwrite; to make insurance; as, a company insures at three per cent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ben Franklin invented crop insurance.
    • insure To make sure, certain, or secure; give assurance of; assure: as, to insure safety to any one.
    • insure Specifically To guarantee or secure indemnity for future loss or damage (as to a building from fire, or to a person from accident or death) on certain stipulated conditions; make a subject of insurance; assure: as, to insure a ship or its cargo, or both, against the dangers of the sea; to insure a house against fire.
    • insure To pledge; betroth.
    • insure Synonyms Insure, Assure. Assure may express the making certain in mind: as, I was assured of safety by his friendly manner; insure has not this sense. Insure is a possible word to express the making certain in fact, and is more common than ensure: as, his lack of money insured his early return; assure has not this sense. Insure and assure are both used of the act of pledging a payment of money upon loss or death, but assure is rarely used in that sense in the United States.
    • insure To undertake to secure or assure against loss or damage on receipt of a certain payment or premium; make insurance: as, the company insures at a low premium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stanley Kubrick approached Lloyd's of London about an insurance policy in case extraterrestrial life was discovered before the release of his movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • v.t Insure in-shōōr′ to make sure or secure: to contract for a premium to make good a loss, as from fire, &c., or to pay a certain sum on a certain event, as death
    • v.i Insure to practise making insurance
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  • Gilbert Adair
    Gilbert Adair
    “We need cancer because, by the very fact of its insurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer.”
  • Jack Benny
    Jack Benny
    “I don't want to tell you how much insurance I carry with the Prudential, but all I can say is: when I go, they go too.”
  • William Londen
    William Londen
    “To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.”
  • Al Bundy
    Al Bundy
    “Insurance is like marriage. You pay, pay, pay, and you never get anything back.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure Ensure


In literature:

After that, there'll be no insurance.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Life insurance companies take consideration of this fact in examining applicants for insurance.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The ability to apply water when it is needed insures proper germination in the seed and vigor in the young plants.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
The largest insurance company in the world is the Mutual Life of New York City, having cash and real estate assets of over $350,000,000.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The spent gases are vented to insure the greatest speed in carbonizing.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
The insurance amounted, in all, to about nine thousand dollars.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
The insurance carried should be considered; also the volume of business done.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Such treatment insures a full crop and clean seed for future planting.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
A good way to insure squareness, is to insert a diagonal brace on the inside, corner to corner, as in Fig.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
An insurance calendar on the wall.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The very hours you have wasted, if improved, might have insured your success.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
He soon found the list of men in the insurance business.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
Several German insurance companies give free dental treatment to policy holders, not to bestow charity but to increase profits.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
There are moral advantages in monogamy that alone are sufficient to insure its permanence.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Business involves a risk usually covered by insurance, but no honest man expects to make a profit out of his insurance.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Miner had occasion to address a meeting of stockholders of an insurance company whose affairs had got into a bad way.
"Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men" by Various
There should be a good solid stop between the handles of the set to insure equal pressure against each sawtooth.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer
I have to send something home every month and there are always taxes and insurance.
"Rebecca's Promise" by Frances R. Sterrett
When the insured sets fire to his own buildings, fire insurance ceases to be a legitimate thing.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
Of course, the railroaders have long since had their insurance, although the regular life companies look upon them with distrust as risks.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford

In poetry:

Hurrah for the nation!
How it rings from sea to sea,
That McKinley is elected
Which insures prosperity.
We have rallied, etc.
"Hurrah for McKinley!" by Frank Barbour Coffin
To fire and floods with thee he'll down,
His promise this insures,
Whose credit cannot burn nor drown;
Thy Husband's truth endures.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Though seed lie buried long in dust,
It shan't deceive their hope;
The precious grain can ne'er be lost,
For grace insures the crop.
"Psalm 126" by Isaac Watts
Then, his triumph once insuring,
This new conqueror fiercely rose,
Smote the people's neck enduring,
After they had crushed his foes.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
And prove a match for thrice their odds,
They made them three times three,
And thrice of that, with guns to boot,
To insure a victory?
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Lord, let thy fall my rise obtain,
Thy grievous shame my glory gain;
Thy cross my lasting crown procure,
Thy death my endless life insure.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

The Obama administration said Tuesday that Americans have saved $1 billion on health insurance, one year into a new mandate on insurers to explain why they want to hike rates.
Catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide estimated on Monday that insured losses from post tropical cyclone Sandy could reach $22 billion, not including government flood insurance.
Ensure that your college-age child is properly covered in these four areas: car insurance, health insurance, property insurance, and tuition insurance.
Janus International, a manufacturer of self-storage doors and hallway systems, and IOA Insurance Services have teamed up to offer an insurance-savings program with benefits for self-storage owners.
The North Dakota Insurance Department announced today that they have reached a multi-state settlement with John Hancock Life and Health Insurance Company.
John Hancock Long-Term Care Insurance is making a point of telling long-term care insurance (LTCI) agents and brokers that it wants their clients' business.
JEFFERSON CITY — The state Department of Insurance recently issued a report indicating medical malpractice insurance companies are making money in Missouri.
The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Co. Home Riley v The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Co.
Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Home Carford v Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Co.
The American Institute of Marine Insurance will offer presentations on a wide variety of topics at its annual Marine Insurance Day seminar next month, and is offering the ability for the first time to view the presentations remotely.
The Kentucky Department of Insurance is advising members of a Christians-only health insurance plan that has been ordered to cease operations in the state to get different policies immediately.
The US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division granted defendant insurer's motion for summary judgment against plaintiff insured.
Mone Insurance of Vineyard Haven has joined Arbella Insurance as part of a campaign to "Drive Out Hunger".
Imagine being insured and then not being insured.
Pruitt Keener Insurance Services in south Charlotte was recently picked to offer a special auto insurance program from The Hartford.

In science:

This insures that the standard derived functors are well-defined.
Double affine Hecke algebras and affine flag manifolds, I
Mazza and Rulliere (2004) established a link between hitting times associated with the risk process (time of ruin of the insurance company) and the telegrapher’s motion.
Stochastic velocity motions and processes with random time
Of course, taking the union of the corresponding subspaces, insures accuracy for the temperature region of all studied pseudocritical temperatures.
Multicritical Points and Crossover Mediating the Strong Violation of Universality: Wang-Landau Determinations in the Random-Bond $d=2$ Blume-Capel model
This is an open sub-stack of MB , of all compact B op -dg-modules, constructed and studied in [To-Va] (we use here Cor. 1.8 to insure that B is smooth and proper in order to apply theorem 3.6 of [To-Va]).
Derived Azumaya algebras and generators for twisted derived categories
These steps are essential to insure the overall quality of the 1 m2 prototype and are now routinely performed in the lab.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The frequency spacing of the loosely coherent search was reduced to 1/8th of the SFT bin which insures correct reconstruction of the upper limit for the entire range of weak and strong signals.
On blind searches for noise dominated signals: a loosely coherent approach
Powers of i in Eqs. (3.39) and (3.49) would insure that the terms we compare are either both real or both imaginary.
R-Current DIS on a Shock Wave: Beyond the Eikonal Approximation
The condition |w| ≥ |v | insures that v extends to a word of the form ww in (2m)(n−|v|) ways.
Exponentially generic subsets of groups
To insure a good reproducibility of the measurements, prior to each experiment the sample has been pre-sheared at a constant stress (usually the largest stress applied during the test, so that yielding occurs in the entire volume of the material) for 300 s.
Linear Stability Analysis for Plane-Poiseuille Flow of an Elastoviscoplastic fluid with internal microstructure
Random contractions appear naturally in insurance and finance.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Consider the following discrete-time insurance risk model.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Suppose that, in the beginning of each period i, the insurer invests a fraction πi ∈ [0, 1) of his current wealth in the stock and keeps the remaining wealth in the bond.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Denote by Ui the insurer’s wealth at time i, with a deterministic initial value U0 = u ≥ 0.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Embrechts, P., Kl¨uppelberg, C., and Mikosch, T. (1997) Model ling Extremal Events for Insurance and Finance.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions
Tang, Q., and Tsitsiashvili, G. (2003) Precise estimates for the ruin probability in finite horizon in a discrete-time model with heavy-tailed insurance and financial risks.
Asymptotics of Random Contractions