WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sur•e•ty /ˈʃʊrɪti, ˈʃɜr-/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -ties. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- 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.
- [countable] one who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor or bondsman.
(shŏŏr′i tē, shŏŏr′tē, shûr′i tē, shûr′tē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties.
- Businesssecurity against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.;
a pledge, guaranty, or bond.
- a person who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor, godparent, or bondsman.
- the state or quality of being sure.
- something that makes sure;
ground of confidence or safety.
- Lawa person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.
- 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)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritās securityˈsuretyˌship n
- a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
- security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
- obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
- stand surety ⇒ to act as a surety
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