guarantee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French guarantie (perhaps via a later Spanish garante), from the verb guarantir(to protect, assure, vouch for), ultimately from Old Frankish *warjand, *warand(a warrant), or from guaranty. Compare guaranty, warranty.

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Noun[edit]

guarantee ‎(plural guarantees)

  1. Anything that assures a certain outcome.
    Can you give me a guarantee that he will be fit for the match?
  2. A legal assurance of something, e.g. a security for the fulfillment of an obligation; a guaranty
  3. More specifically, a written declaration that a certain product will be fit for a purpose and work correctly; a warranty
    The cooker comes with a 5-year guarantee.
  4. The person to whom a guaranty is made.
  5. (colloquial) A person who gives such a guaranty; a guarantor.
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Verb[edit]

guarantee ‎(third-person singular simple present guarantees, present participle guaranteeing, simple past and past participle guaranteed)

  1. To give an assurance that something will be done right.
  2. To assume responsibility for a debt or other obligation.
  3. To make something certain.
    The long sunny days guarantee a good crop.

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