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To compensate for loss or damage; to provide security for financial reimbursement to an individual in case of a specified loss incurred by the person.
Insurance companies indemnify their policyholders against damage caused by such things as fire, theft, and flooding, which are specified by the terms of the contract between the company and the insured.
v. to guarantee against any loss which another might suffer. Example: two parties settle a dispute over a contract, and one of them may agree to pay any claims which may arise from the contract, holding the other harmless. (See: hold harmless)
indemnifyverb answer for, compensate, compennate for injury, compensate for loss, compensate for loss sustained, damnum restituere, damnum sarcire, give back, give satisfaction, grant monetary compensation, insure, make good, make good against anticipated loss, make reparation, make restitution, make up, offer compensation, offer reparation, offer satisfaction, pay, pay back, pay compensation, pay reparations, recompense, recompense for past loss, redeem, refund, reimburse, repay, requite, restore, return money paid out, save harmless, secure against damage, secure against loss
Associated concepts: subrogate
See also: bear the expense, compensate, defray, outbalance, pay, quit, recoup, refund, reimburse, remedy, remunerate, repay, restore, return