Definition of indemnify in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdemnəˌfī/

verb (indemnifies, indemnifying, indemnified)

[with object]
1Compensate (someone) for harm or loss: the amount of insurance that may be carried to indemnify the owner in the event of a loss
More example sentences
  • He said he was told at the garage that if he took out an Angel policy then if the repair hire and engineers fees were not recovered from the other driver Angel would indemnify him for his losses.
  • However, if it is found that VAT is properly due then you will indemnify us for all losses we suffer arising from not having accounted for such VAT, including interest and any civil penalties properly due.
  • Further, Mrs. Boileau shall indemnify him, if he is ever called on to pay any amount referable to the mortgage on the matrimonial home.
1.1Secure (someone) against legal responsibility for their actions: the newspaper could not be forced to indemnify the city for personal-injury liability
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  • In public liability insurance, the insurer agrees to indemnify the insured for legal liability owed to another person who suffers loss or damage by reason of the insured's activities.
  • In such cases, the C-corporation seller should be prepared to sign legal documents that will indemnify the buyer against a range of liabilities.
  • Shell does not foresee any need to issue a force majeure, a legal document which indemnifies the company if it fails to deliver on contracted sales due to events outside its control, he added.



Pronunciation: /inˌdemnəfəˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Admittedly, that article allows the Member States to choose between indemnification and compensation for damage.
  • If the settlement of the indemnification is attended with any difficulty (and in those cases difficulties must and will frequently occur), the party at fault must bear the inconvenience.
  • The policies do not contemplate unconditional payment of defense costs for potentially covered claims, but only payment of costs if indemnification is required.


Example sentences
  • The wells of academe having been thus poisoned, the erstwhile custodians of truth have mutated into the promulgators of lies and the indemnifiers of incitement of various kinds.
  • However, his indemnifier, the British-based Medical Defence Union, has referred the case to the new State insurer, the State Claims Agency.
  • They can all line up legal teams involving four teams of lawyers - and more if the consultants involved have two different indemnifiers.


Early 17th century: from Latin indemnis 'unhurt, free from loss or damage', from in- (expressing negation) + damnum 'loss, damage'.

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Syllabification: in·dem·ni·fy

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