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
3 : guarantor
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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Synonyms for guaranty

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Collateral is required for loans greater than $25,000, and a personal guaranty is required for loans greater than $200,000. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 West Allis Economic Development Executive Director Patrick Schloss said the limited guaranty agreement is not a loan, and the city isn't providing any up-front money. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 Among the exhibits attached to the lawsuit is a guaranty that Ari Gejdenson signed. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Have the owner affirmatively waive any claims against the members or owners of the tenant, under any theory whatsoever, except to the extent anyone has signed a guaranty. — What services does the owner provide at extra cost? Joshua Stein, Forbes, 23 June 2021 There’s no guaranty a future crash will play out the same way as 2000-02. Marc Gerstein, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 In addition, 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. Karen Ann Cullotta,, 2 Sep. 2020 In the case of the Paycheck Protection Program, that guaranty is 100%. Christopher Harress |, al, 24 Apr. 2020 That suit related to a promissory note and guaranties. Laura Garcia,, 19 Dec. 2019 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, 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,, 2 May 2018 Your son should find a bank willing to certify or guaranty his signature. Liz Weston,, 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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The first known use of guaranty was in 1592

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“Guaranty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guaranty

: 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
3 : guarantor
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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