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In light of this report, the Justice Department should conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that Ross was working on behalf of all Americans and not just his own bank account. Use the toilet as a candy bowl to ensure customers remember services being offered. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction.

West Wilmette parents whose children will attend Romona Elementary School this fall want the village to give the school a third crossing guard, near Wilmette Junior High School, to ensure that children can cross Locust Road safely. His lot, says Mr Hu, is to remain in China as a hostage, to ensure that Ms Liu minds her tongue in exile. Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian stressed to the judge that the government is deploying significant resources to ensure that children are being reunited with parents in timely fashion.

Origin and Etymology of ensure Middle English, from Anglo-French ensurer , alteration of assurer — more at assure. Near Antonyms enfeeble , undermine , weaken ;. Related Words attest , certify , vouch , warrant , witness ; pledge , promise , swear ;.

Synonym Discussion of ensure ensure , insure , assure , secure mean to make a thing or person sure. I assure you that no harm will be done secure implies action taken to guard against attack or loss.

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Our website emphasizes American English and leans towards usage rules in the Chicago Manual of Style. A more complete definition of insure would be to protect from loss, not only to cover with an insurance policy, while ensure is to make certain. The use by the NRA is correct. They must constantly organize and act to ensure their rights against greed, corruption, incompetence, apathy, and …. Hello, I have often been told that the word tips was derived from the words To Insure Prompt Service.

Do you have any insight on the background of this word? Also, in this context should the word be ensure? Another good source for these sorts of questions is the Online Etymology Dictionary. I am editing a section of a document about quality assurance practices.

But it is Quality Assurance. What do you think? You are correct that assure is more about saying than doing and ensure is more about doing what is necessary to achieve that assurance.

Since this document deals with quality assurance and the word assurance implies a promise, it is not surprising that the company chose the word assure.

But assurance is about communicating confidence. How can a walk-through communicate? I think Quality Assurance should be Quality Ensurance, but ensurance is an obselete word, as you mention in a later post. By the way, Quality Control is something else. While assuring is more about saying than doing, saying is not the only method. There is also a place for non-verbal communication in providing assurance.

Please review the United States Constitution where insure is used frequently. On the topic of ensure vs. Yes, your phrases both demonstrate correct uses of the words ensure and assure. According to this definition, the US Constitution is wrong. That usage is pretty common in business and software environments, with companies even using that construction in their names as well.

The use of insure seemed odd to me which brought me here. This is an old-school usage of insure that The New Yorker also employs. In our opinion, it can cause confusion. If you monitor future rulemakings, during the public comment period you might inquire as to what kind of insurance they are offering.

I believe their intent is to convey that joining the NRA helps provide a level of insurance that your gun rights will be protected. Thank you for presenting clarification for us information seekers wishing to keep this a literary competent world.

I came to this site after I questioned how I used assure in a post. I am still confused and my post was; I thought I was being helpful and it would assure the help showed up. From what we can tell, we think you meant: I thought I was being helpful, which would ensure the help showed up. The Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary notes that the word ensurance is an obsolete word meaning insurance. We no longer use this word in the English language.

Therefore, there is no noun related to ensure. Obviously, there is a difference between ensure and assure. Please ensure that your question or comment relates to the topic of the blog post. Unrelated comments may be deleted.

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