The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Insure \In"sure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insured; p. pr. & vb. n.
Insuring.] [OE. ensuren, prob. for assuren, by a change of
prefix. See 1st In-, and Sure, and cf. Assure,
Ensure.] [Written also ensure.]
1. To make sure or secure; as, to insure safety to any one.
2. Specifically, to secure against a loss by a contingent
event, on certain stipulated conditions, or at a given
rate or premium; to give or to take an insurance on or
for; as, a merchant insures his ship or its cargo, or
both, against the dangers of the sea; goods and buildings
are insured against fire or water; persons are insured
against sickness, accident, or death; and sometimes
hazardous debts are insured.