Meaning of INSURANCE in English

/ ɪnˈʃʊərəns; -ʃɔːr-; NAmE -ˈʃʊr-/ noun


[ U , C ] insurance (against sth) an arrangement with a company in which you pay them regular amounts of money and they agree to pay the costs, for example, if you die or are ill / sick, or if you lose or damage sth :

life / car / travel / household, etc. insurance

to have adequate insurance cover

to take out insurance against fire and theft

insurance premiums (= the regular payments made for insurance)

Can you claim for the loss on your insurance ?

—see also National Insurance


[ U ] the business of providing people with insurance :

an insurance broker / company

He works in insurance.


[ U ] money paid by or to an insurance company :

to pay insurance on your house

When her husband died, she received £50 000 in insurance.


[ U , C ] insurance (against sth) something you do to protect yourself against sth bad happening in the future :

At that time people had large families as an insurance against some children dying.



late Middle English (originally as ensurance in the sense ensuring, assurance, a guarantee ): from Old French enseurance , from enseurer , alteration of Old French aseurer , earlier form of assurer , based on Latin ad- to (expressing change) + securus , from se- without + cura care. Sense 1 dates from the mid 17th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.