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. Doublet of guaranty and warranty.
guarantee (plural guarantees)
- Anything that assures a certain outcome.
- Can you give me a guarantee that he will be fit for the match?
- A legal assurance of something, e.g. a security for the fulfillment of an obligation.
- 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 five-year guarantee.
- The person to whom a guarantee is made.
- (colloquial) A person who gives such a guarantee; a guarantor.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of South to this entry?)
- To give an assurance that something will be done right.
- To assume or take responsibility for a debt or other obligation.
- To make something certain.
- The long sunny days guarantee a good crop.
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