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4 definitions found
 for ensure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Insure \In"sure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insured; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Insuring.] [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of
     prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure,
     Ensure.] [Written also ensure.]
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     1. To make sure or secure; as, to insure safety to any one.
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     2. 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ensure \En*sure"\, v. t.
     1. To make sure. See Insure.
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     2. To betroth. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ensure
      v 1: make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice
           retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!"
           [syn: guarantee, ensure, insure, assure, secure]
      2: 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" [syn: see, check, insure, see to it,
         ensure, control, ascertain, assure]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "ensure":
     arm, armor, arrange, ascertain, assure, attest, back,
     be sponsor for, bless, bond, certify, champion, cinch, clear up,
     clinch, cloak, compass about, confirm, copyright, countersecure,
     cover, cushion, decide, defend, determine, dismiss all doubt,
     effect, endorse, establish, fence, fend, find out, fix, get at,
     guarantee, guaranty, guard, harbor, haven, insure, keep,
     keep from harm, make certain, make no doubt, make no mistake,
     make safe, make sure, make sure of, nail down, nestle, patent,
     police, protect, provide, reassure, register, remove all doubt,
     ride shotgun for, safeguard, screen, secure, see that, see to it,
     set at rest, set out, settle, shelter, shield, shroud, sign,
     sign for, sort out, sponsor, stand behind, stand up for,
     subscribe to, undersign, underwrite, warrant
  
  

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