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) \

Essential Meaning of guarantee

1 : a promise that the quality of something (such as a product that is being sold) will be as good as expected The washer comes with a guarantee against major defects. The software comes with a money-back guarantee. [=a promise that the money you spend on a product will be returned if the product is not good enough]
2 : a promise that something is true or real They wanted a guarantee that the document was authentic.
3 : a promise that something will happen or be done 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.

Full 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; guarantees

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

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 The first is the use of private funds, rather than the sole backing from space agencies and other governmental institutions, to conduct space science off-world, focusing on a chancy endeavour with no guarantee of success. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2021 Hunger is also pervasive; one in three residents of San Diego County, or over 1 million people, were nutrition insecure in March with no guarantee where their next meal would come from. Jim Vargas, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 Each case back is engraved with a guarantee of the watch’s quality. Matthew Catellier, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 But as the number of people lost to COVID-19 continues to grow, many American workers, at least for now, will have to shoulder those burdens with no guarantee of relief. Chad Broughton, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2021 Now these patients may get what many have hoped for since the Affordable Care Act’s passage more than a decade ago — albeit with no guarantee that the new benefits are here to stay. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 That could take another one or two years with no guarantee that the board members would find the new environmental study acceptable. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021 Councilman Tom Troyer asked if the arborist services will come with a guarantee. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Athletes at these Olympic and Paralympic Games had to train an extra year, with no guarantee the Games would be held, after the original events scheduled for 2020 were postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb San Jose State needs a win to become bowl-eligible, but that wouldn’t guarantee a bowl bid for the Spartans. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 More and more states — mostly Republican like Ohio and Texas, but now Democratic ones like Illinois — are drawing maps that effectively guarantee that the party in power stays in power. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 While there was virtually no chance of Seager taking a qualifying offer that would guarantee only his 2022 salary, there was a slim chance that Taylor, 31, might accept an offer that would more than double his $7.8-million salary from 2021. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Maida Rosenstein, president of UAW 2110, said the museum’s proposed three-year contract would not guarantee raises for workers until its final year. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Doing so provides both a test of market interest, and often leads to pre-sales that guarantee a base level of income. Jon Younger, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 As human actions alter the atmosphere in ways that guarantee more frequent and severe windstorms, in some sense we could be said to have become indirectly responsible for what some animals are, their very shape. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 Though Senate districts have not yet been decided, Anchorage Republican Sens. Natasha von Imhof and Mia Costello are in the same House district, which would guarantee competition if both ran. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 For most students in China, the exam is the sole determinant of whether they will be admitted to top universities in big cities, which often guarantee a better job with higher wages over the length of their careers. NBC News, 31 Oct. 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

probably alteration of guaranty entry 1

Verb

derivative of guarantee entry 1

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Time Traveler for guarantee

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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 8 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for guarantee

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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