ensure
transitive verb (ensured; ensuring) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ensurer, alteration of assurer — more at assure Date: 1660 to make sure, certain, or safe ; guarantee Synonyms: ensure, insure, assure, secure mean to make a thing or person sure. ensure, insure and assure are interchangeable in many contexts where they indicate the making certain or inevitable of an outcome, but ensure may imply a virtual guarantee <
the government has ensured the safety of the refugees
>
, while insure sometimes stresses the taking of necessary measures beforehand <
careful planning should insure the success of the party
>
, and assure distinctively implies the removal of doubt and suspense from a person's mind <
I assure you that no harm will be done
>
. secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss <
sent reinforcements to secure their position
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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