guaranty

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noun

guar·​an·​ty ˈger-ən-tē How to pronounce guaranty (audio) ˈgär- How to pronounce guaranty (audio)
ˈga-rən-
plural guaranties
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: 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
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: something given as security (see security sense 2) : pledge
used our house as a guaranty for the loan
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: the protection of a right afforded by legal provision (as in a constitution)

guaranty

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verb

guarantied; guarantying

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Want a guaranty of scoring these cruffins on Saturday? Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2022 There are different guaranty associations for each kind of insurance. Dallas News, 23 Oct. 2022 With rental rates up, and little credit history, landlords will look to parents to co-sign or guaranty the lease. Mark Mayer, Dallas News, 24 May 2022 Opposition from the loan holders – including private lenders, banks, guaranty agencies, loan servicers and investors – is strong and the group could potentially be the greatest legal risk to the debt relief program, according to the report. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 30 Sep. 2022 The relief includes collections on loans held by Education Department and FFEL Program loans held by guaranty agencies. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 20 Sep. 2022 As Betty Ann’s balance has grown exponentially larger, the servicing companies and guaranty agencies have made profits many times the amount of her original loan. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 27 July 2022 That guaranty should come from a creditworthy guarantor. Joshua Stein, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Insurance companies under liquidation are backed by a guaranty fund that gets its money from active insurance companies, which are generally obliged to make up for losses from insolvent firms. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, 4 Jan. 2022
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, 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, baltimoresun.com, 2 May 2018 Your son should find a bank willing to certify or guaranty his signature. Liz Weston, OregonLive.com, 7 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1737, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guaranty was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Guaranty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guaranty. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

guaranty

noun
guar·​an·​ty
ˈgar-ən-tē,
ˈgär-
plural guaranties
guaranty verb

Legal Definition

guaranty

noun
guar·​an·​ty ˈgar-ən-tē, ˈgär- How to pronounce guaranty (audio)
plural guaranties
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
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3
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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