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.



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 written declaration that a certain product will be fit for a purpose and work correctly.
    The cooker comes with a 5-year guarantee.
  3. A person who gives such a guarantee; a guarantor.
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  4. The person to whom a guarantee is made.



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

  1. To assure that something will get done right.
  2. To assume responsibility for a debt.
  3. To make something certain.
    The long sunny days guarantee a good crop.


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