guarantee

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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)
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: an assurance for the fulfillment of a condition: such as
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: an agreement by which one person undertakes to secure another in the possession or enjoyment of something
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: 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.
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guarantee

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verb

guaranteed; guaranteeing; guarantees

transitive verb

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

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Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On a week-to-week basis, Shanahan’s starting running back is very valuable in fantasy, but there’s no guarantee that will be Mitchell. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022 Using decryption keys to recover information is a complex matter, and there’s no guarantee of success. Keven Knight, Forbes, 19 July 2022 There’s no guarantee who gets to start when so many players are coming and going. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 In the short term, however, joining NATO will provide Finland with the security guarantee of Article 5, which compels members to come to an ally’s aid if attacked. Sharon Weinberger, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 The higher-education cartel has a government guarantee that its consumer can afford any price. WSJ, 28 Aug. 2022 And the country has little guarantee that the current mortality average will even hold. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2022 Goldco has the highest buy-back guarantee for its customers. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 In other words, one size doesn’t fit all, which means there is no guarantee that the 4% rule in and of itself is the best approach for you. Juan Carlos Medina, Forbes, 16 May 2022
Verb
Or is hand pulling the only way to guarantee safety of vegetables? Kym Pokorny, oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 Adding a few evergreen trees to your landscape is an easy way to guarantee color in your garden all year long. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Aug. 2022 At the Winter Park Playhouse, which in a typical year sells out nearly all its performances, a season ticket may be the only way to guarantee a seat. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 The best way to guarantee consistent growth is by keeping your existing customer base while scouting for new ones. Abiola Salami, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 There’s no way to guarantee that a natural water source will be contaminant-free. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 13 Aug. 2022 There is no way to guarantee that ESA money is spent on real educational expenses, rather than being pocketed for other expenses. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 States without laws that guarantee paid sick leave range from Alabama to Wyoming, according to human resources site SHRM. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2022 The property has room packages that guarantee different views of the festivities. Isis Briones, House Beautiful, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably alteration of guaranty entry 1

Verb

derivative of guarantee entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guarantee was in 1680

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“Guarantee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guarantee. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

guarantee 1 of 2

noun

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

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verb

guaranteed; guaranteeing
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.

Legal Definition

guarantee

noun

guar·​an·​tee ˌgar-ən-ˈtē, ˌgär- How to pronounce guarantee (audio)
1
2
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

History and Etymology for guarantee

probably alteration of guaranty

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