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Definition guarantee financial support of;
or: protect by insurance
  • Even if some of them take care of the poor, they have a big university or a university private practice to underwrite their costs.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • His Majesty underwrites the Scud, brother, and I am responsible for the lives of my command.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Thankfully, my parents were willing to take the time and underwrite the expense to allow us to do that.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • This prophecy is underwritten by the tendency of the rich to do this already.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Her money generously underwrote any doubts in the minds of her suitors' families, and she married.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Together, they underwrote a fifty-student dormitory in rural Thailand, which was designed to help girls remain in school and avoid prostitution.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Howard embraced the idea, underwrote the entire cost, and arranged to have Ridgewood's orchards, fields, and dairy supply the hospital with food.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • An expense fund of forty thousand dollars had been underwritten; out on the County Fair Grounds a Mike Monday Tabernacle had been erected, to seat fifteen thousand people.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • All that was left was the furniture that was absolutely necessary, the silver candelabra and table service, for the everyday utensils had been sold one by one to underwrite the costs of her education.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Religious conservatives have fought against condom distribution and battled funding for UNFPA, but they have also saved lives in vast numbers by underwriting and operating clinics in some of the neediest parts of Africa and Asia.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "No, father; I cannot underwrite Article Four (leave alone the rest), taking it 'in the literal and grammatical sense' as required by the Declaration; and, therefore, I can't be a parson in the present state of affairs," said Angel.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • This would help to abate the expected protests from the Irish community over the police chief's dismissal; and since the city would underwrite the costs, and the alderman could use the construction to support his bid for mayor in the next election, it would importune neither man.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, etc., etc., Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian Faith, and the honour of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; Do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation,...
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I'm guessing the church didn't even bother to try and get insurance to cover anybody or the church for that weekend—what insurance company would want to underwrite such events?
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • But the Bush program went beyond underwriting abstinence education; it insisted on "abstinence only" for young people, meaning no discussion of condoms in schools (although the Bush AIDS program did distribute condoms readily to high-risk groups, such as prostitutes and truck drivers in Africa).
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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