underwrite
verb (underwrote; underwritten; underwriting) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to write under or at the end of something else 2. to set one's name to (an insurance policy) for the purpose of thereby becoming answerable for a designated loss or damage on consideration of receiving a premium percent ; insure on life or property; also to assume liability for (a sum or risk) as an insurer 3. to subscribe to ; agree to 4. a. to agree to purchase (as security issue) usually on a fixed date at a fixed price with a view to public distribution b. to guarantee financial support of <
underwrite a project
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intransitive verb to work as an underwriter

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  • underwrite — un·der·write / ən dər ˌrīt, ˌən dər rīt/ vt wrote / ˌrōt, rōt/, writ·ten, / ˌrit ən, rit ən/, writ·ing 1 a: to assume liability for (a risk) as an insurer the insurer underwrite s individuals, not the group, in franchise health insurance …   Law dictionary

  • Underwrite — Un der*write , v. t. [imp. {Underwrote}, Obs. {Underwrit}; p. p. {Underwritten}, Obs. {Underwrit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Underwriting}.] 1. To write under something else; to subscribe. [1913 Webster] What addition and change I have made I have here… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underwrite — [un′dər rīt′] vt. underwrote, underwritten, underwriting [ME underwriten, orig. used as transl. of L subscribere: see SUBSCRIBE] 1. Archaic to write under something, esp. under something written; subscribe 2. to agree to buy (an issue of stocks,… …   English World dictionary

  • Underwrite — Un der*write , v. i. To practice the business of insuring; to take a risk of insurance on a vessel or the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underwrite — early 15c., from UNDER (Cf. under) + WRITE (Cf. write) (v.). A loan translation of L. subscribere (see SUBSCRIBE (Cf. subscribe)). Used literally at first; modern sense of to accept the risk of insurance (1620s) is from notion of signing a marine …   Etymology dictionary

  • underwrite — [v] endorse, insure accede, agree to, angel*, approve, back, bankroll*, collateral, consent, countersign, endow, finance, float, fund, guarantee, help, initial, okay*, pay, provide, provide financing, sanction, seal, secure, sign, sponsor, stake …   New thesaurus

  • underwrite — ► VERB (past underwrote; past part. underwritten) 1) sign and accept liability under (an insurance policy). 2) undertake to finance or otherwise support or guarantee. DERIVATIVES underwriter noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Underwrite — To guarantee, as to guarantee the issuer of securities a specified price by entering into a purchase and sale agreement. To bring securities to market. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * underwrite un‧der‧write [ˌʌndəˈraɪt] verb… …   Financial and business terms

  • underwrite — To guarantee, as to guarantee the issuer of securities a specified price by entering into a purchase and sale agreement . To bring securities to market. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * underwrite un‧der‧write [ˌʌndəˈraɪt] verb underwrote… …   Financial and business terms

  • underwrite — UK [ˌʌndəˈraɪt] / US [ˌʌndərˈraɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms underwrite : present tense I/you/we/they underwrite he/she/it underwrites present participle underwriting past tense underwrote UK [ˌʌndəˈrəʊt] / US [ˌʌndərˈroʊt] past participle… …   English dictionary

  • underwrite — /ˌʌndə raɪt/ verb 1. to accept responsibility for something ♦ to underwrite a share issue to guarantee that a share issue will be sold by agreeing to buy all shares which are not subscribed ● The issue was underwritten by three underwriting… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

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