ensure


ensure
ensure, insure, assure, secure are comparable because they all carry the underlying meaning to make a person or thing sure. Ensure, insure, and assure all indicate a making of an outcome or event sure, certain, or inevitable as a consequence or concomitant.
Ensure in such use may come very close to guarantee
{

good farming practices that go far toward ensuring good harvests

}
{

certain rules of conduct for the purpose of ensuring the safety and victory of the absent warriors— Frazer

}
{

for the remainder of his life he so constrained the expression of his thoughts as to ensure his safety— H. O. Taylor

}
Insure is often interchangeable with ensure
{

Shipbuilders, who wished to insure a profitable career for their vessels— Amer. Guide Series: Mich.

}
{

the structural division of the buildings, with no more than four apartments opening on any hallway, insures privacy and quiet— Amer. Guide Series: N. Y. City

}
but it is also the general word for reference to making certain arrangements for indemnification for loss by contingent events
{

to insure the car against theft and fire damage

}
Assure may in its more general use be indistinguishable from ensure and insure
{

protected by game laws and reared in state hatcheries, this bird is now assured a permanent place among the game birds of the state— Amer. Guide Series: Tenn.

}
{

policies and plans for assuring the necessary labor force for defense and essential civilian production— Current Biog.

}
but distinctively it more definitely expresses the notion of removal of doubt, uncertainty, or worry from a person's mind
{

I assured him that I was far from advising him to do anything so cruel— Conrad

}
{

assured the inhabitants that France intended to grant autonomy— Current Biog.

}
Secure implies purposive action to ensure safety, protection, or certainty against adverse contingencies
{

lock the door to secure us from interruption— Dickens

}
{

one other battalion moved up to secure the first battalion's flank— Bernstein

}

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ensure — [en shoor′, inshoor′] vt. ensured, ensuring [ME ensuren < Anglo Fr enseurer (for OFr asseurer: see ASSURE) < en (see EN 1) + OFr seur, SURE] 1. to make sure or certain; guarantee; secure [measures to ensure accuracy] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Ensure — can mean: * A food and beverage brand owned by Abbott Laboratories. The most well known of these products is the Ensure Shake, intended to be served as a snack or meal replacement. * To make sure or certain of something: see * Or you may be… …   Wikipedia

  • ensure — ► VERB 1) make certain that (something) will occur or be so. 2) (ensure against) make sure that (a problem) does not occur. ORIGIN Old French enseurer, earlier form of assurer assure …   English terms dictionary

  • Ensure — En*sure , v. t. 1. To make sure. See {Insure}. [1913 Webster] 2. To betroth. [Obs.] Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ensure — I verb ascertain, assure, certify, check, clinch, confirm, corroborate, dismiss doubt, endorse, give security, give surety, guarantee, indemnify against loss, insure, keep from harm, keep safe, make certain, make sure, offer collateral, promise,… …   Law dictionary

  • ensure — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. enseurer, from en make (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + O.Fr. seur sure (see SURE (Cf. sure)); probably influenced by O.Fr. asseurer assure. Related: Ensured; ensures; ensuring …   Etymology dictionary

  • ensure — [v] guarantee; make secure arrange, assure, certify, cinch, clinch, confirm, effect, establish, guard, insure, lock on*, lock up*, make certain, make safe, make sure, nail down*, okay, protect, provide, put on ice*, safeguard, secure, set out,… …   New thesaurus

  • ensure — 01. Please [ensure] that you have paid your fees in full before classes begin. 02. You d better [ensure] that everything the salesman promises is written into the contract. 03. Please [ensure] that you answer all the questions on the test. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • ensure — v. (formal) 1) (A; usu. used without to) the present contract cannot ensure you a job 2) (d; tr.) to ensure against (to ensure workers against accidents) 3) (K) I cannot ensure his being on time 4) (L) no one can ensure that he ll come * * * [ɪn… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ensure — (also insure esp. in AmE) verb ADVERB ▪ practically, virtually ▪ effectively ▪ (not) only, simply ▪ The system not only ensures maximum discounts, but als …   Collocations dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.