WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sur•e•ty /ˈʃʊrɪti, ˈʃɜr-/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Businesssomething of value given as a promise to pay for loss, damage, or a debt: [uncountable]offering her jewelry as surety.[countable]providing some sureties against loss.
  2. [countable] one who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor or bondsman.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
sur•e•ty  (shŏŏri tē, shŏŏrtē, shûri tē, shûrtē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Businesssecurity against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.;
    a pledge, guaranty, or bond.
  2. a person who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor, godparent, or bondsman.
  3. the state or quality of being sure.
  4. certainty.
  5. something that makes sure;
    ground of confidence or safety.
  6. Lawa person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.
  7. assurance, esp. self-assurance.
  • Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritās security
  • Middle French; Old French seurte
  • Middle English surte 1300–50

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surety /ˈʃʊətɪ; ˈʃʊərɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
  2. security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
  3. obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
  4. stand suretyto act as a surety
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritās security

ˈsuretyˌship n

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