guarantee

 /ˌgærənˈtiː/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
guar•an•tee /ˌgærənˈti/USA pronunciation n., pl. -tees,v., -teed, -tee•ing.

n. [countable]
  • an assurance, esp. one in writing, that something is of specified quality, content, benefit, etc., or will please the customer or perform satisfactorily for a given length of time.
  • guaranty (defs. 1, 2).guaranty d="1"guaranty
  • something that makes sure a particular outcome or condition will come to pass:Wealth is not a guarantee of happiness.

  • v. 
  • [+ object] to offer a guarantee for:The company guarantees its machines for ten years.
  • [+ object] to make oneself answerable for (something) on behalf of someone else; vouch for:I guarantee his behavior.
  • [+ object] to protect against damage or loss:This insurance guarantees a person against property loss.
  • to assure that a stated outcome is certain: [+ object + to + verb]That clown show is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.[+ (that) clause]I guarantee that I'll be there.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    guarantee /ˌɡærənˈtiː/ n
    1. a formal assurance, esp in writing, that a product, service, etc, will meet certain standards or specifications
    2. a promise, esp a collateral agreement, to answer for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another
    3. a person, company, etc, to whom a guarantee is made
    4. a person, company, etc, who gives a guarantee
    5. a person who acts as a guarantor
    6. something that makes a specified condition or outcome certain
    7. a variant spelling of guaranty
    vb ( -tees, -teeing, -teed)(mainly tr)
    1. (also tr) to take responsibility for (someone else's debts, obligations, etc)
    2. to serve as a guarantee for
    3. to secure or furnish security for: a small deposit will guarantee any dress
    4. usually followed by from or against: to undertake to protect or keep secure, as against injury, loss, etc
    5. to ensure: good planning will guarantee success
    6. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to promise or make certain
    Etymology: 17th Century: perhaps from Spanish garante or French garant, of Germanic origin; compare warrant



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