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Meaning of underwriter

un•der•writ•er

Pronunciation: (un'dur-rī"tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or company that underwrites policies of insurance or carries on insurance as a business.
  2. a person or company that underwrites shares or bonds.
  3. a person or organization that finances something; backer: the underwriters of the ballet company.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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