guar·​an·​ty | \ ˈger-ən-tē How to pronounce guaranty (audio) , ˈgär-, ˈga-rən- How to pronounce guaranty (audio) \
plural guaranties

Definition of guaranty

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1 : an undertaking to answer for the payment of a debt or the performance of a duty of another in case of the other's default or miscarriage
4 : something given as security (see security sense 2) : pledge used our house as a guaranty for the loan
5 : the protection of a right afforded by legal provision (as in a constitution)


guarantied; guarantying

Definition of guaranty (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of guaranty in a Sentence

Noun this fridge comes with a money-back guaranty of complete customer satisfaction couples exchange engagement rings as a symbolic guaranty that they will marry Verb a house guarantied against termite damage a watch guarantied to be water-resistant to a depth of 100 feet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet without federal intervention, the guaranty corporation's multiemployer bailout program is itself projected to run out of money by 2025. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit union sunk $100M+ into risky deals — now retirees could pay the price," 12 Nov. 2019 There is also no guaranty that putting the brakes on development will. Jamie Giellis, The Denver Post, "Jamie Giellis: As Denver asks residents near East Colfax to accept more density, residents should ask more of the city," 15 Sep. 2019 Program arbitrators ruled in favor of homeowners in 35 out of 40 cases in 2018, awarding them more than $628,000 — about $275,000 of which came out of the guaranty fund. Jon Gorey,, "Hair-raising contractor horror stories — and how to avoid them," 5 Sep. 2019 The report also discovered that veterans are required to file a claim to request a fee refund, yet the VA’s loan guaranty service has never published a standard form for doing so. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The VA charged disabled veterans $286 million in fees they didn’t owe," 7 June 2019 The development agreement also required that Trandel provide a third-party financial guaranty of completion on or before Nov. 18, 2018, according to the village., "After lawsuit and proposed changes, trustees unanimously vote to terminate One Winnetka development deal," 5 Aug. 2019 Releasees have not made and/or are not responsible for any misrepresentation or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prizes. Washington Post, "20th annual Travel photo contest: Official rules," 26 June 2019 Easy guarantee, because of the government guaranty -- FREEMAN: Yes. GIGOT: -- of Freddie Mae and so on? Fox News, "Trump administration steps up sanctions on Iran, Russia," 12 Aug. 2018 The country, which offered to pay for the increased American presence, sees having U.S. soldiers in harm’s way on its soil as a guaranty of security. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Trump Fuels Anxiety in Europe Over Security," 13 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The reason the Justice Department and the FBI have procedures is to guaranty fairness, and not just fairness but also the appearance of fairness, so that people can have confidence in institution. Fox News, "How can the US assess North Korea's nuclear arsenal?," 17 June 2018 Rodriguez said ViaGen cautions prospective clients that while the company can guaranty a clone that’s genetically identical to the parent, personalities are a complicated mix of nature and nurture. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "These puppies may be Maryland's first cloned dogs," 2 May 2018 Your son should find a bank willing to certify or guaranty his signature. Liz Weston,, "Liz Weston: Refusing to pay is not the way to protest your taxes," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of guaranty


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1737, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guaranty

Noun and Verb

Anglo-French garantie, from garantir, warentir to protect, warrant, guarantee — more at warrant

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17 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for guaranty

The first known use of guaranty was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of guaranty

law : a formal promise to pay a debt
: something that protects or maintains the existence of something else


guar·​an·​ty | \ ˈgar-ən-tē, ˈgär- How to pronounce guaranty (audio) \
plural guaranties

Legal Definition of guaranty

1 : a pledge to pay another's debt or to perform another's duty in case of the other's default or inadequate performance — compare letter of credit
4 : something given as security : pledge
5 : the protection of a right afforded by legal provision (as in a constitution)

History and Etymology for guaranty

Old French garantie, from garantir to guarantee, from garant warrant

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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