assure vs ensure vs insure :

assure or ensure or insure

To “assure” a person of something is to make him or her confident of it. According to Associated Press style, to “ensure” that something happens is to make certain that it does, and to “insure” is to issue an insurance policy. Other authorities, however, consider “ensure” and “insure” interchangeable. To please conservatives, make the distinction. However, it is worth noting that in older usage these spellings were not clearly distinguished.European “life assurance” companies take the position that all policy-holders are mortal and someone will definitely collect, thus assuring heirs of some income. American companies tend to go with “insurance” for coverage of life as well as of fire, theft, etc.

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Definitions

  • v  make certain of
  • v  inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  • v  assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
    I assured him that traveling to Cambodia was safe
  • v  be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  • v  cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
    The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe
  • v  make a promise or commitment

  • v  make certain of
    This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us
  • v  be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

  • v  be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  • v  make certain of
  • v  protect by insurance
  • v  take out insurance for
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