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Ensure is sometimes a misspelling of insure.

The word ensure and its family (ensured, ensures, ensuring) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb ensure

What does ensure mean as a doing word?

Ensure is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: ensured | ensuring | ensures

  1. make certain of
    • example: This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Cause] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, object control with infinitive]The circumstances ensured that he would arrive in time
      [Cause] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme, not sentential clause]Our exertions ensured us a good outcome
      [Cause] [Verb] [Theme]Our exertions ensured a good outcome
      [Cause] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]The circumstances ensured a good outcome for him

      Ensure Verbs (with the same syntax): ascertain, assure, guarantee, insure, secure.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of ensure: assure / guarantee / insure / secure
    • more specific words:
      • doom = make certain of the failure or destruction of
      • make = assure the success of
  2. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of ensure: ascertain / assure / check / control / insure / see / see to it
    • more generic word: verify = confirm the truth of
    • more specific words:
      • proofread / proof = read for errors
      • control = verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
      • double-check = check once more to be absolutely sure
      • cross-check = check out conflicting sources
      • cinch = make sure of
      • card = ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor
      • spot-check = pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
      • cover = maintain a check on

Alternative definition of the verb ensure


  1. [transitive] To make a pledge to (someone); to promise, guarantee (someone of something); to assure. [definition 14th-18th c.]
  2. [intransitive] To make sure or certain of something (usually some future event or condition). [definition from 18th c.]


Ensure is a food, consumer product.

There are other foods with Ensure in their name, like Ensure Plus.


Ensure is a brand.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ensure

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Google previewScience Budget Allocations (2008)

Fourth Report of Session 2007-08, Vol. 2: Oral and Written Evidence by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

We have marvellous new facilities at Harwell, those can support the Daresbury campus as well as the rest because they are supposed to be national, and what we need to ensure is that we retain the scientific expertise at Daresbury and we ...

Google previewNursing Informatics And The Foundation Of Knowledge (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Ensure is the brand name of liquid nutritional supplements manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. First produced in 1973 as a medical nutrition product, Ensure beverages are formulated to provide calories, protein and essential vitamins and ...

Google previewManaging Your Personal Finances Better (2010)

by Trent A. Hamm

However, every time you buy something frivolous and wasteful, the one thing you do ensure is that your future self will have fewer options. Your future self will be in complete panic mode during any downsizing. Your future self will have to ...

Google previewSecular States and Religious Diversity (2013)

by Bruce J. Berman

All the state must ensure is that its relationship with all religions is guided by nonsectarian motives consistent with some secular values and principles. Contextual Secularism A context-sensitive secularism, one based on the idea of principled ...

Google previewFormal Verification of Object-Oriented Software (2011)

International Conference, FoVeOOS 2010, Paris, France, June 28-30, 2010, Revised Selected Papers by Bernhard Beckert, Claude Marché

The property the SAC must ensure is that all data from one network is isolated from each of the other networks. While we assume that the user's terminal is trusted to not leak previously received information back to another network, we ...

Google previewA. J. Ayer: Memorial Essays (1991)

by Alfred Jules Ayer, A. Phillips Griffiths

ensure is that the proposition believed is true. So this in particular is what evidence is supposed to do: ensure the truth of the belief for which it is evidence. Or at least that's what evidence is supposed to do when it is conclusive. But of course ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent (2010)

by Thomas C. Hunt, James C. Carper, Thomas J. Lasley, II, C. Daniel Raisch

ensure that curriculum is sequential ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies (2012)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf

In sports drug testing, chain of custody usually describes any written procedures to ensure that the collection (see collection issues), transportation and laboratory analysis of urine, blood, or other specimens remain secure from outside ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

ensure Misused for assure. t ɨFZ IBWF UIF CFTU USBDL SFDPSE BOE UIFZ ensured us of...

PX DBO ZPV ensure us that the Beijing declaration on commitments for children will be realized and ...

Google previewNuclear Energy Encyclopedia (2011)

Science, Technology, and Applications by Thomas B. Kingery

Ensure neutron energy is ≤2.5 MeV while accounting for pulse-pileup and gamma photon leakage. c. Monitor neutrons to assess if they are time-correlated to occur during emission time of light flashes. d. Monitor gamma photons with two ...

Google previewJim Crow: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2014)

A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Nikki L. M. Brown, Barry M. Stentiford

left the cities, they sought to ensure that blacks did not follow. Blacks were unable to gain access to low-income loans to buy new homes or improve existing homes through redlining by realtors, resulting in increasing isolation in rapidly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distributed Learning (2003)

by Anna DiStefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam, Robert Silverman

The institution also needs to ensure adequacy of technical and physical plant facilities, including appropriate staffing and technical assistance, to support its electronically offered programs. The internal organizational structure that enables the ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues (2015)

by Ken Albala

Using standard components helps ensure a consistent final product because they are of a standard quality: uniform size, weight, shape, flavor, and proportion. Standard components are also quick, easy, and less expensive to use. Suppliers ...

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Usage statistics about ensure

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb ensure:

imaginative writing11.43%informational writing88.57%

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Quotes about Ensure

We must ensure that every worker has healthcare and is able to save for their retirement. We must ensure that our workers have safe and health working conditions. (Leonard Boswell)
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Scrabble value of E1N1S1U1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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