from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To assume financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure: underwrite a theatrical production.
- transitive v. To sign (an insurance policy) so as to assume liability in case of specified losses.
- transitive v. To insure.
- transitive v. To insure against losses totaling (a given amount).
- transitive v. To guarantee the purchase of (a full issue of stocks or bonds).
- transitive v. To agree to buy the unsold part of (stock not yet sold publicly) at a fixed time and price.
- transitive v. To write under or at the end of something.
- transitive v. To subscribe to, especially to sign or endorse (a document).
- transitive v. To support or agree to (a decision, for example).
- intransitive v. To act as an underwriter, especially to issue an insurance policy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To write below or under; subscribe.
- v. To subscribe (a document, policy etc.) with one's name.
- v. To sign; to put one's name to.
- v. To agree to pay by signing one's name; subscribe.
- v. Specifically, to assume financial responsibility for something, and guarantee it against failure.
- v. To act as an underwriter.
- v. To support, lend support to, guarantee the basis of.
- v. To submit to; put up with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To write under something else; to subscribe.
- transitive v. To subscribe one's name to for insurance, especially for marine insurance; to write one's name under, or set one's name to, as a policy of insurance, for the purpose of becoming answerable for loss or damage, on consideration of receiving a certain premium per cent.
- intransitive v. To practice the business of insuring; to take a risk of insurance on a vessel or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To write below or under; subscribe.
- To agree to pay by signing one's name; subscribe.
- Specifically To agree or undertake by setting one's name to (a policy of insurance) to become answerable for certain losses specified therein: used chiefly in marine insurance. Hence underwriter.
- To submit to; put up with.
- To practise insuring, particularly marine insuring; carry on the business of an underwriter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. guarantee financial support of
- v. protect by insurance
From Middle English underwriten, from Old English underwrītan ("to write at the foot of, write under, subscribe"), equivalent to under- + write. (Wiktionary)