- a promise or assurance, especially one in writing, that something is of specified quality, content, benefit, etc., or that it will perform satisfactorily for a given length of time: a money-back guarantee.
- an assurance that another’s obligation will be fulfilled, or something presented as such security; guaranty(defs 1, 2).
- something that assures a particular outcome or condition: Wealth is no guarantee of happiness.
- a person who gives a guarantee or guaranty; guarantor.
- a person to whom a guarantee is made.
- to secure, as by giving or taking security: A credit card guarantees your reservation at the hotel.
- to make oneself answerable for (something) on behalf of someone else who is primarily responsible: to guarantee the fulfillment of a contract.
- to undertake to ensure for another, as rights or possessions: The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.
- to serve as a warrant or guaranty for.
- to undertake to protect or indemnify: to guarantee a person against loss.
- to undertake (to do something): I will guarantee to prove every word I stated.
- to promise (usually followed by a clause as object): I guarantee that I'll be there.
Origin of guarantee
Examples from the Web for guarantee
But inspiration and faith-based agenda in movies does not guarantee box office success.Are You There, God? It’s Nicolas Cage and the Year in Cinematically Pimped Religion
Matthew Paul Turner
December 28, 2014
Yet race politics has limited appeal to whites, and ultimately may not guarantee keeping many minority voters in check.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
But among ferocious ideologues, similar roots are no guarantee of mutual sympathy when schisms occur.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
After all, freeing hostages as goodwill gestures—without a guarantee of some benefit—is not the way the Kim family operates.Why North Korea Released Two Americans
Gordon G. Chang
November 9, 2014
However, this life is by no means in and of itself a guarantee of a life not worth living.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
England had been shrewd enough to guarantee them their domains and revenues.In the Valley
I can at least guarantee that the river shall not suffer from his visit.Little Dorrit
Betty fumbled with her sketching things as a sort of guarantee of good faith.The Incomplete Amorist
Who will guarantee our independence when we are at the mercy of every state?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Its guarantee is the laws of the universe, and these are "the Hands of the Living God."Pax Vobiscum
- a formal assurance, esp in writing, that a product, service, etc, will meet certain standards or specifications
- law a promise, esp a collateral agreement, to answer for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another
- a person, company, etc, to whom a guarantee is made
- a person, company, etc, who gives a guarantee
- a person who acts as a guarantor
- something that makes a specified condition or outcome certain
- a variant spelling of guaranty
- (also tr) to take responsibility for (someone else's debts, obligations, etc)
- to serve as a guarantee for
- to secure or furnish security fora small deposit will guarantee any dress
- (usually foll by from or against) to undertake to protect or keep secure, as against injury, loss, etc
- to ensuregood planning will guarantee success
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to promise or make certain
Word Origin and History for guarantee
1670s, alterted (perhaps via Spanish garante), from earlier garrant "warrant that the title to a property is true," early 15c., from Old French garant "defender, protector," from Germanic (see warrant (n.)). For form evolution, see gu-. Originally "person giving something as security;" sense of the "pledge" itself (which is properly a guaranty) developed 17c.
1791, from guarantee (n.). Garanten in this sense is from early 15c. Related: Guaranteed; guaranteeing.