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 However, stability isn’t a guarantee for these short-term options. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Marshon Lattimore has agreed to a five-year, $97.6 million contract extension that could be worth up to $100 million, according to multiple reports, including the largest guarantee ever for a cornerback. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 War still causes enormous suffering, and the existence of laws of war is no guarantee of compliance. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, 8 Sep. 2021 The plan calls for a 14-episode guarantee for Season 5, with four episodes set to air on CBS and at least 10 more to run on Paramount Plus. Michael Schneider, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 Also, there’s no guarantee of money for a short-term fix, which could be expensive. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 There’s also no guarantee for 2022 with Jones set to become a free agent after this season. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 13 May 2021 Beyond the immediate aid, the bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, is estimated to cut poverty by a third this year and would plant the seeds for what Democrats hope will become an income guarantee for children. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 The 80-hour workweek and the ramen lifestyle are, unfortunately, not a guarantee for future success. Abdo Riani, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And as Dow knows well, first-place in the primary doesn’t guarantee first-place in the general. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 And fighting for disability rights and justice doesn’t guarantee that the fight itself will always be fair, inclusive, or nurturing to those carrying it out. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But finishing sixth in the 400 did not guarantee Irby anything except prelims. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 That doesn’t guarantee that these glimmers are more than a coincidence of physics. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2021 The State Department can’t guarantee Americans safety. Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 As the crashes that are part of the NHTSA probe show, radar data doesn’t guarantee that ADAS systems will properly sense obstacles in the roadway, though, generally, additional sensors can help the systems get a complete picture of the scene. Tim De Chant, Wired, 17 Aug. 2021 That approach doesn’t guarantee an immediate warm reception from fans, though. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Nominations do not guarantee placement on the ballot. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 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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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 25 Sep. 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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