guarantee

\ \ [17] Guarantee is essentially the same word as warrant, which is of Germanic origin (Germanic initial w- became g(u)- in the Romance languages). It was probably borrowed into English from the Spanish form garante (this is suggested by early spellings garanté and garante in English), and later changed to guarantee through confusion with guaranty [16] (itself originally a variant of warranty).
\ \ Cf.WARRANT

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • guarantee — gua·ran·tee /ˌgar ən tē, ˌgär / n [probably alteration of guaranty] 1: guarantor 2: guaranty (1) 3: an assurance that a condition will be fulfilled: as …   Law dictionary

  • guarantee — n Guarantee, guaranty, surety, security, bond, bail are comparable when they mean either something that is given or pledged as assurance of one s responsibility (as for the payment of a debt, the fulfillment of a promise or obligation, or the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Guarantee — Guar an*tee , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {guaranteed}; p, pr. & vb. n. {Guaranteeing}.] [From {Guarantee}, n.] In law and common usage: to undertake or engage for the payment of (a debt) or the performance of (a duty) by another person; to undertake to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guarantee — [gar΄ən tē′, gar′ən tē΄] n. [altered < GUARANTY, after words ending in EE1] 1. GUARANTY (n. 1 & 3) 2. a pledge or assurance; specif., a) a pledge that something is as represented and will be replaced if it does not meet specification …   English World dictionary

  • Guarantee — Guar an*tee , n.; pl. {Guarantees}. [For guaranty, prob. influenced by words like assignee, lessee, etc. See {Guaranty}, and cf. {Warrantee}.] 1. In law and common usage: A promise to answer for the payment of some debt, or the performance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guarantee — guarantee, guaranty The two words have close meanings relating to the fulfilment of a legal obligation. Guarantee is used for the verb, and also for the noun when the obligation relates to the quality of a product or service, whereas guaranty is… …   Modern English usage

  • guarantee — [n] pledge, promise agreement, assurance, attestation, bail, bargain, bond, certainty, certificate, certification, charter, collateral, contract, covenant, deposit, earnest, gage, guaranty, insurance, lock, oath, pawn, pipe, recognizance,… …   New thesaurus

  • guarantee — ► NOUN 1) a formal assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be of a specified quality. 2) something that makes an outcome certain. 3) variant spelling of GUARANTY(Cf. ↑guaranty). 4) less common term for… …   English terms dictionary

  • guarantee — See guaranty. American Banker Glossary The assumption of responsibility for payment of a debt or performance of some obligation if the liable party fails to perform to expectations. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary Financial security required for… …   Financial and business terms

  • guarantee — guar|an|tee1 [ ,gerən ti ] noun count ** 1. ) something that makes it certain that something will happen: guarantee of: Massive investment is no guarantee of success. guarantee against: Being with you is my guarantee against them harming me.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • guarantee */*/ — I UK [ˌɡærənˈtiː] / US [ˌɡerənˈtɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms guarantee : present tense I/you/we/they guarantee he/she/it guarantees present participle guaranteeing past tense guaranteed past participle guaranteed 1) to make it certain that… …   English dictionary

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