Definition of ensure in English:

ensure

Syllabification: en·sure
Pronunciation: /enˈSHo͝or
 
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verb

[with object]
1Make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case: [with clause]: the client must ensure that accurate records be kept
More example sentences
  • Dog owners must by law ensure their pet wears a collar and tag with their name and address on it.
  • We must now ensure that ending sexism is addressed as part of the debates about the future.
  • True enough, yet it also ensures any accurate commentary can be posted as well.
Synonyms
make sure, make certain, see to it; check, confirm, establish, verify
1.1Make certain of obtaining or providing (something): [with two objects]: she would ensure him a place in society
More example sentences
  • Legislation has been passed in many countries geared to ensuring gender balance.
  • He must ensure their safety and welfare and will act as a contact in forced marriage cases.
  • The incident has prompted police to warn parents to ensure the safety of children in cars.
Synonyms
secure, guarantee, assure, certify, safeguard, set the seal on, clinch, entrench
1.2 [no object] (ensure against) Make sure that (a problem) shall not occur.
More example sentences
  • Commercial relationships should be continually monitored to ensure against inappropriate exploitation of the organization's name or reputation and undue interference or influence of commercial interests.
  • It was therefore up to them to ensure against a collapse and they did so convincingly.
  • The oath that voters are required to sign is enough to ensure against fraudulent voting.

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'convince' and 'make safe'): from Anglo-Norman French enseurer, alteration of Old French aseurer, earlier form of assurer (see assure). Compare with insure.

Usage

On the difference between ensure and insure, see insure (usage).

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