American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make sure or certain; insure: Our precautions ensured our safety. See Usage Note at assure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See insure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make sure. See insure.
- v. obsolete To betroth.
- v. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
- v. make certain of
- From Anglo-Norman enseurer, from Old French seur ("sure"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ensuren, from Anglo-Norman enseurer : Old French en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + Old French seur, secure, variant of sur; see sure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Civil discourse and outreach work in ensure these communities do no feel alienated and disenfranchised.”
“Reminding me for all the world of wooden-faced commissars delivering set speeches to "the masses," who from time to time were expected to break out in "prolonged, stormy applause," city officials tried to ensure from the start that no real dialogue would take place.”
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