Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To protect against damage, loss, or injury; insure.
  • transitive verb To make compensation to for damage, loss, or injury suffered.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To preserve or secure against loss, damage, or penalty; save harmless: followed by against, formerly by from.
  • To make good to; reimburse; remunerate: followed by for.
  • To engage to make good or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To save harmless; to secure against loss or damage; to insure.
  • transitive verb To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost; to make whole; to reimburse; to compensate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To secure against loss or damage; to insure.
  • verb To compensate or reimburse someone for some expense or injury

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make amends for; pay compensation for
  • verb secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin indemnis, uninjured (in-, not; see in– + damnum, harm, damage entailing liability) + –fy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin indemnis (" unhurt"), from in- ("not") + damnum ("hurt, damage"). Compare damn, damnify.

Examples

  • Your vote has been counted and is reflected above. confirmed today that it will "indemnify" and "pay" Tiger Woods for any payments necessary to satisfy Elin Woods, "if only Tiger will get back on the tour."

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  • Your vote has been counted and is reflected above. confirmed today that it will "indemnify" and "pay" Tiger Woods for any payments necessary to satisfy Elin Woods, "if only Tiger will get back on the tour."

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  • The insurance company settlement is meant to "indemnify" both insureds, the lessor and the lessee.

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  • The insurance company settlement is meant to "indemnify" both insureds, the lessor and the lessee.

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  • The insurance company settlement is meant to "indemnify" both insureds, the lessor and the lessee.

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  • TORONTO—Activist investor Bill Ackman said he will indemnify Hunter Harrison against any losses of his Canadian National Railway Co. pension benefits, hoping to ensure that Mr. Harrison continues to pursue the top job at rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.

    Stakes Rise in Canadian Railroad Fight

  • Mr. Ackman said Tuesday that he is willing to indemnify any pension losses because he doesn't want Mr. Harrison "to be distracted."

    Stakes Rise in Canadian Railroad Fight

  • BP said it agreed to indemnify Mitsui's U.S. affiliates, MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC and MOEX USA Corp., for compensatory claims brought by private businesses and property owners.

    BP, Mitsui Settle Spill Costs

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