Word(s) of the Day: Ensure v. Insure

Ensure /inˈSHo͝or/, verb:

1. make certain

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 1954 –

2. secure or obtain (a thing for a person, etc.)

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 – 1969

Insure /inˈSHo͝or/, verb:

1. secure the contractual payment of a sum of money in the event of loss or damage to (property, life or person, etc.) by regular payments or premiums

example: This policy will insure your car against theft.

2. guard or protect someone or something

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” William Londen, 1872 – 1941