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[gar-uh n-tee] /ˌgær ənˈti/
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.
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.
verb (used with object), guaranteed, guaranteeing.
to secure, as by giving or taking security.
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.
to serve as a warrant or guaranty for.
to engage to protect or indemnify:
to guarantee a person against loss.
to engage (to do something).
to promise (usually followed by a clause as object):
I guarantee that I'll be there.
1670-80; alteration of guaranty
Related forms
nonguarantee, noun
preguarantee, noun, verb (used with object), preguaranteed, preguaranteeing.
quasi-guaranteed, adjective
reguarantee, noun, verb (used with object), reguaranteed, reguaranteeing.
superguarantee, noun, verb, superguaranteed, superguaranteeing.
unguaranteed, adjective
Can be confused
guarantee, guaranty, warrantee, warranty. Unabridged
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Examples for guaranteed
  • Although the nonalcoholic sector has made merry for the past five years, future growth is far from guaranteed.
  • Freedoms are only guaranteed on campus-and the guarantee is not credible.
  • But it is an illusion that taxpayers can avoid pain in a guaranteed system.
  • Proper camera operation cannot be guaranteed when using other cards.
  • Most scientists would never pursue an experiment that was almost guaranteed to fail.
  • Even so, it would be best to plan ahead and order tickets early to be guaranteed of a seat.
  • The setup is guaranteed to stop any thief without access to either a pair of scissors or a small screwdriver.
  • Still, that doesn't mean offering no-loan aid is guaranteed to bring in droves of qualified low-income students.
  • Similar to how all citizens are guaranteed a basic education with the option to supplement it on the private market.
  • With literally thousands of crabs spawning at once, dislodged eggs were guaranteed.
British Dictionary definitions for guaranteed


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
  1. a person, company, etc, to whom a guarantee is made
  2. 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
verb (mainly transitive) -tees, -teeing, -teed
(also transitive) to take responsibility for (someone else's debts, obligations, etc)
to serve as a guarantee for
to secure or furnish security for a 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 ensure good planning will guarantee success
(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to promise or make certain
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Spanish garante or French garant, of Germanic origin; compare warrant
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Word Origin and History for guaranteed
1679, perhaps via Sp. garante, from O.Fr. guarantie, pp. of fem. guarantir "to protect," from guarant "warrant," from Frank. *warjand-s, from P.Gmc. *war-, from PIE base *wer- "to cover" (see warrant). For form evolution, see gu-. Originally "person giving something as security," sense of the "pledge" itself (which is properly a guarranty) first recorded 1786. The verb is attested from 1791.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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