underwriter-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a bank or banker who buys unsold issues of new securities, stocks

Commentary: UNDERWRITER[+role][+buyer][+securities][+new] [+person][+banker][+buyer] [+business][+bank][+buyer]

A large New York bank is the underwriter of the IPO for John's company.
They would like to take their firm public and are looking for underwriters.
That banker was the underwriter of several new pharmaceutical securities.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an agent or company that insures something

Commentary: UNDERWRITER[+role][+insurer] [+person][+agent][+insurance] [+business][+insurance][+life/+property/+liability]

Who is the underwriter of your life insurance policy?
The city is the underwriter for the new public library. (the guarantor, backer)
Several insurance underwriters declared bankruptcy after the hurricane.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3