indemnify Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for
    • This plan indemnifies workers against wages lost through illness
  2. verb make amends for; pay compensation for
    repair; compensate; recompense.
    • One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich
    • She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident


In*dem"ni*fy transitive verb
L. indemnis unhurt (in- not + damnum hurt, damage) + -fy. Cf. Damn, Damnify.
imperfect & past participle Indemnified ; present participle & verbal noun Indemnifying
  1. To save harmless; to secure against loss or damage; to insure.
    The states must at last engage to the merchants here that they will indemnify them from all that shall fall out. Sir W. Temple.
  2. To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost; to make whole; to reimburse; to compensate. Beattie.

Webster 1913