guarantee

noun
guar·​an·​tee | \ ˌger-ən-ˈtē How to pronounce guarantee (audio) , ˌgär-, ˌga-rən- also ˈger-ən-ˌtē or ˈgär-ən- How to pronounce guarantee (audio) , ˈga-rən- How to pronounce guarantee (audio) \

Definition of guarantee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : guarantor
3 : an assurance for the fulfillment of a condition: such as
a : an agreement by which one person undertakes to secure another in the possession or enjoyment of something
b : an assurance of the quality of or of the length of use to be expected from a product offered for sale often with a promise of reimbursement The washer comes with a guarantee against major defects.

guarantee

verb
guaranteed; guaranteeing

Definition of guarantee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to undertake to answer for the debt, default, or miscarriage of guarantee a loan
2 : to engage for the existence, permanence, or nature of : undertake to do or secure guarantee the winning of three tricks
3 : to give security to guaranteed her against loss
4 : to assert confidently I guarantee you'll like it

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Synonyms for guarantee

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of guarantee in a Sentence

Noun And as key pieces of the infrastructure are knocked out, there is no guarantee that they will be repaired or rebuilt, at least not as they were before. — Naomi Klein, Harper's, October 2007 It might be no bad thing if the Constitution's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" was interpreted to outlaw the vagaries of voting … — Michael Kinsley, New York Times Book Review, 5 Nov. 2006 Collecting can be a sort of love-sickness. If you begin collecting living things,  … even if you manage to find them and then possess them, there is no guarantee they won't die or change. — Susan Orlean, New Yorker, 23 Jan. 1995 The washer comes with a guarantee against major defects. They wanted a guarantee that the document was authentic. They want the new contract to include a guarantee of job security. The U.S. Constitution includes guarantees against unreasonable searches. He cited the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Verb They're called change agents. They swoop in to transform stodgy institutions …  . It's a risky tack, one that guarantees large numbers of people will hate the boss's guts. — Daniel McGinn, Newsweek, 28 Feb. 2005 For an incumbent President …  . The power of the office and the media coverage its holder is guaranteed for just doing his job generally give him the luxury of staying above the fray. — Joe Klein, Time, 22 Mar. 2004 Voucher plans were adopted largely as a last resort, an effort to guarantee a semblance of school choice for low-income minority students in failing inner-city schools. — Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic, 18 Mar. 2002 The washer is guaranteed against defects for one year. They guarantee that the diamonds they sell are top quality. He offered to personally guarantee the loan. The investment was guaranteed by the bank. I guarantee that you'll be satisfied. He guaranteed us that everything would go according to plan. Money doesn't guarantee a happy life. He guaranteed a victory in the championship game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But there is no guarantee that such immunity will be powerful enough to protect him for years, particularly given the emergence of variants of the coronavirus that can partially sidestep the body’s defenses. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 26 May 2021 Curry is also a guarantee to be one of the First Team guards, even if the Warriors didn’t officially clinch a playoff berth during the season. Shane Young, Forbes, 19 May 2021 There is no guarantee there will be a limit at all. Mary Ziegler, CNN, 17 May 2021 Manufactured in America and third-party tested, this vegan-friendly premium grade product comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Health.com, 14 May 2021 Even so, there is no guarantee the technique will be a practical success. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, 19 Apr. 2021 There was no guarantee that the mRNA shots would be ready so quickly, or turn out to be so good and so safe. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2021 There is no guarantee that tickets will be available the day of the walk, Mandel said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 Nutrisystem offers a money-back guarantee and a customizable program that includes prepared meals, on-demand coaching and tracking your progress on an app. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb House Speaker Matt Ritter of Hartford said no final decisions had been made as of mid-Thursday, but the special session could be held next week — depending on which days would guarantee the highest attendance. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 10 June 2021 The act would also guarantee tuition-free education at nonprofit Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions. Opinion By Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, CNN, 17 May 2021 The bill would guarantee tuition-free community college for all students and allow students from families earning less than $125,000 to attend a public college or university for free. al, 22 Apr. 2021 The new proposal would guarantee subsidies for four Exelon nuclear plants that weren’t covered in the 2016 measure. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Senators from wooded states last week put forth the Rural Forest Markets Act, which would guarantee loans up to $150 million for companies and nonprofits that help small landowners tap into carbon markets. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Still, a monopoly managed by a global consortium, much like the internet itself, would guarantee more international cooperation, a less crowded sky, and likely a fairer deal for consumers. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 Evolve502 hopes to raise $50 million for its scholarship fund, which would guarantee two years of tuition free college for every child currently enrolled in kindergarten through the 12th grade, according to the nonprofit. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 19 Apr. 2021 In the past few months, interest has surged around a muon collider, which multiple papers predict would guarantee physicists the ability to determine the properties of the unknown particle or force affecting the muon. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of guarantee

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guarantee

Noun and Verb

probably alteration of guaranty entry 1

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Time Traveler for guarantee

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The first known use of guarantee was in 1680

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13 Jun 2021

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“Guarantee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guarantee. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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guarantee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guarantee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a promise that the quality of something (such as a product that is being sold) will be as good as expected
: a promise that something is true or real
: a promise that something will happen or be done

guarantee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of guarantee (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a usually written promise that whatever you are selling, doing, etc., is what you say it is
: to promise to pay for (something) if another person fails to pay for it
: to say (something) with great confidence

guarantee

noun
guar·​an·​tee | \ ˌger-ən-ˈtē How to pronounce guarantee (audio) , ˌgär- \

Kids Definition of guarantee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a promise that something will be or will happen as stated a guarantee against defects
2 : something given as a promise of payment : security

guarantee

verb
guaranteed; guaranteeing

Kids Definition of guarantee (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a promise about the condition or occurrence of something guarantee a car
2 : to promise to be responsible for the debt or duty of another person I'll guarantee his loan.

guarantee

noun
guar·​an·​tee | \ ˌgar-ən-ˈtē, ˌgär- How to pronounce guarantee (audio) \

Legal Definition of guarantee

1 : guarantor
3 : an assurance that a condition will be fulfilled: as
a : an agreement by which one person undertakes to secure another in the possession or enjoyment of something
b : an assurance of the quality or of the length of use to be expected from a product offered for sale often with a promise of reimbursement
4 : guaranty sense 4, 5 constitutional guarantees

Other Words from guarantee

guarantee transitive verb

History and Etymology for guarantee

probably alteration of guaranty

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