A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-choo-er-ee]
    • /ˈæk tʃuˌɛr i/
    • /ˈæk.tju.ə.ri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-choo-er-ee]
    • /ˈæk tʃuˌɛr i/

Definitions of actuary word

  • countable noun actuary An actuary is a person who is employed by insurance companies to calculate how much they should charge their clients for insurance. 3
  • noun actuary a person qualified to calculate commercial risks and probabilities involving uncertain future events, esp in such contexts as life assurance 3
  • noun actuary a person whose work is to calculate statistically risks, premiums, life expectancies, etc. for insurance 3
  • noun actuary An actuary is a mathematician who uses statistics to calculate premiums, dividends, or pension, insurance and annuity rates for an insurance company. 3
  • noun plural actuary Insurance. a person who computes premium rates, dividends, risks, etc., according to probabilities based on statistical records. 1
  • noun plural actuary (formerly) a registrar or clerk. 1

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Origin of actuary

First appearance:

before 1545
One of the 30% oldest English words
1545-55; < Latin āctuārius shorthand writer, clerk, variant (with u of the action noun āctus act) of āctārius (āct(a) deeds, documents + -ārius -ary)

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Parts of speech for Actuary


actuary popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for actuary

noun actuary

  • analyst — An analyst is a person whose job is to analyse a subject and give opinions about it.
  • clerk — A clerk is a person who works in an office, bank, or law court and whose job is to look after the records or accounts.
  • auditor — An auditor is an accountant who officially examines the accounts of organizations.
  • bookkeeper — A bookkeeper is a person whose job is to keep an accurate record of the money that is spent and received by a business or other organization.
  • comptroller — A comptroller is someone who is in charge of the accounts of a business or a government department; used mainly in official titles.

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