WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
un•der•write /ˌʌndɚˈraɪt, ˈʌndɚˌraɪt/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],-wrote, -writ•ten, -writ•ing. to give or contribute a sum of money to guarantee the success of (an undertaking):to underwrite the building of a new library. [Insurance.]
  • to write one's name at the end of (a policy), thereby becoming responsible in case of certain losses.
  • to insure, as for a certain sum.
un•der•writ•er, n. [countable]


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underwrite /ˈʊndəˌraɪt; ˌʌndəˈraɪt/ vb ( -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written)(transitive)
  1. to undertake to purchase at an agreed price any unsold portion of (a public issue of shares, etc)
  2. to accept financial responsibility for (a commercial project or enterprise)
  3. to sign and issue (an insurance policy) thus accepting liability if specified losses occur
  4. to insure (a property or risk)
  5. to accept liability up to (a specified amount) in an insurance policy
  6. to write (words, a signature, etc) beneath (other written matter); subscribe



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