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Meaning of guarantee

guar•an•tee

Pronunciation: (gar"un-tē'), [key]
— n., v., -teed, -tee•ing.
—n.
  1. a promise or assurance, esp. 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.
  2. guaranty (defs. 1, 2).
  3. something that assures a particular outcome or condition: Wealth is no guarantee of happiness.
  4. a person who gives a guarantee or guaranty; guarantor.
  5. a person to whom a guarantee is made.
—v.t.
  1. to secure, as by giving or taking security.
  2. to make oneself answerable for (something) on behalf of someone else who is primarily responsible: to guarantee the fulfillment of a contract.
  3. to undertake to ensure for another, as rights or possessions.
  4. to serve as a warrant or guaranty for.
  5. to engage to protect or indemnify: to guarantee a person against loss.
  6. to engage (to do something).
  7. to promise (usually fol. by a clause as object): I guarantee that I'll be there.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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