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underwrite

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English

Etymology

From under- + write (modelled on Latin subscribo).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈʌndəɹaɪt/, /ʌndəˈɹaɪt/
  • (US) IPA: /ʌndə'ɻaɪt/

Verb

Infinitive
to underwrite

Third person singular
underwrites

Simple past
underwrote

Past participle
underwritten

Present participle
underwriting

to underwrite (third-person singular simple present underwrites, present participle underwriting, simple past underwrote, past participle underwritten)
  1. (transitive) To write (something) below something else.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To subscribe (a document, policy etc.) with one's name.
  3. (transitive) To sign; to put one's name to.
  4. (transitive) Specifically, to assume financial responsibility for something, and guarantee it against failure.
  5. (intransitive) To act as an underwriter.
  6. (transitive) To support, lend support to, guarantee the basis of.

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