ensure

(also insure esp. in AmE) verb
ADVERB
practically, virtually
effectively
(not) only, simply

The system not only ensures maximum discounts, but also helps the company track usage.

The alternative simply ensures that the problem will get worse.

VERB + ENSURE
must
aim to, try to
take action to, take care to, take steps to

We must take steps now to ensure the survival of these animals.

be designed to

provisions designed to ensure safe conditions of work

help (to)
be important to, be necessary to, be sufficient to

It is important to ensure that delegates have been properly briefed.

PHRASES
an attempt to ensure sth
efforts to ensure sth, measures to ensure sth
thereby ensuring sth

The therapist must treat the cause of the problem, thereby ensuring the symptoms do not return.

Ensure is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑mechanism

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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