guarantee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v guarantee promise to do or accomplish "guarantee to free the prisoners"
    • v guarantee give surety or assume responsibility "I vouch for the quality of my products"
    • v guarantee make certain of "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us","Preparation will guarantee success!"
    • v guarantee stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells","I warrant this information"
    • n guarantee a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
    • n guarantee an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true "there is no guarantee that they are not lying"
    • n guarantee a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple.
    • Guarantee In law and common usage: A promise to answer for the payment of some debt, or the performance of some duty, in case of the failure of another person, who is, in the first instance, liable to such payment or performance; an engagement which secures or insures another against a contingency; a warranty; a security. Same as Guaranty. "His interest seemed to be a guarantee for his zeal."
    • v. t Guarantee 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 secure (a possession, right, claim, etc.) to another against a specified contingency, or in all events; to give a guarantee concerning; to engage, assure, or secure as a thing that may be depended on; to warrant; as, to guarantee the execution of a treaty. "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government."
    • Guarantee One who binds himself to see an undertaking of another performed; a guarantor.
    • Guarantee (Law) The person to whom a guaranty is made; -- the correlative of guarantor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Montgomery Ward was the first company in the United States to advertise, “Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” They did it in 1874, two years after company founder Aaron Montgomery Ward launched his mail-order catalog.
    • n guarantee A person to whom a guaranty is given: the correlative of guarantor.
    • n guarantee One who binds himself to see the stipulations or obligations of another performed; in general, one who is responsible for the performance of some act, the truth of some statement, etc.
    • n guarantee Same as guaranty.
    • guarantee To be warrant or surety for; secure as an effect or consequence; make sure or certain; warrant.
    • guarantee In law, to bind one's self that the obligation of another shall be performed, or that something affecting the right of the person in whose favor the guaranty is made shall be done or shall occur. To guarantee a contract or an undertaking by another is to bind one's self that it shall be performed or carried out. To guarantee the collection of a debt is to bind one's self to pay it if it proves not collectible by ordinary means. To guarantee any subject of a business transaction is to make one's self legally answerable for its being exactly as represented: as, the seller guaranteed the quality of the goods; the carrier gave a bill of lading with the words “quantity guaranteed” (meaning that he stipulated to be answerable for the quantity specified, without any further question or dispute as to amount).
    • guarantee To undertake to secure to another, as claims, rights, or possessions; pledge one's self to uphold or maintain.
    • guarantee To engage to indemnify for or protect from injury: as, to guarantee one against loss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Montgomery Ward was the first to advertise "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" in 1874 — two years after Aaron Montgomery Ward, launched his first mail-order catalog.
    • n Guarantee gar-an-tē′ a warrant or surety: a contract to see performed what another has undertaken: the person who makes such a contract, one responsible for the performance of some action, the truth of some statement, &c
    • v.t Guarantee to undertake that another shall perform certain engagements: to make sure:—pr.p. guarantee′ing; pa.p. guaranteed′
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is quite impossible to guarantee world peace. But is should be possible to guarantee world freedom.”
  • David Fasold
    David Fasold
    “Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.”
  • Pat Riley
    Pat%20Riley
    “Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.”
  • Bette Davis
    Bette%20Davis
    “I'd marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he'd be dead within a year.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For guaranty, prob. influenced by words like assignee, lessee, etc. See Guaranty, and cf. Warrantee

Usage

In literature:

I don't know how we'll manage it, but I'll guarantee there'll be a vacancy of one Astrogator, First Class, on that ship.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Whoever of them emigrates is under the guarantee of God.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
The Law of Papal Guarantees, 1871: Papal Prerogatives.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The only pen accompanied by a written guarantee from the manufacturers.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
It is the token of His brotherhood and the guarantee of the sympathy which will ever bestow 'grace for grace.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I can guarantee you this, that, if you succeed, you will be applauded by many while abroad, by all when you return.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
This is a history which guarantees success.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
It must necessarily be the chief interest of the Swedish government to insure a guarantee for this.
"The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis" by Karl Nordlund
Every Watch skilfully examined, timed, and its performance guaranteed.
"Notes and Queries, No. 181, April 16, 1853" by Various
This was to be a guarantee of the Conservative Republic!
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
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In poetry:

To fill it and willing
To bring teacups and roll away headaches
And do whatever you tell it.
Will you marry it?
It is guaranteed
"The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath
Or her mouth is as an ungrazed meadow,
whose herbage the rain has guaranteed,
in which there is but little dung;
and which is not marked with the feet of animals.
"The Poem of Antar" by Anonymous Asian

In news:

Over at Writers No One Reads—in this case, it is true for me—Dmitry Samarov introduces us to a long-mostly-forgotten Chicago writer, whose place in history is likely guaranteed by a single sentence.
The company also turned off its commercials — which promoted its haggle -free, guaranteed pricing — while it creates new ads that focus on things like dealer proximity and service.
All jewelry is backed by a Lifetime Guarantee.
As an American and a journalist, I believe in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of this nation.
The market information contained in this message has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to its accuracy or completeness.
Here are tips on getting seats on game day, guaranteed.
DURING the negotiations for Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden in 1971, each boxer was guaranteed a flat fee of $2.5 million, then a record sum.
High Quality, Top Service A Guarantee At Hit The Deck .
Get it Mike's Way, just like they do at the Jersey shore, and you're guaranteed to be happy with whatever hoagie you choose from the menu.
The teaching authority of the Church is the only guarantee the theologian has for both his academic respectability, and his intellectual freedom.
The change guarantees that the company will be able to meet global demand and improve distribution.
The fame of the Pop artist and impresario Andy Warhol, rarely mentioned without running his best-known remark on being famous a little deeper into the ground, now seems guaranteed in perpetuity, at least in Pittsburgh.
It's impossible to guarantee that our decisions are impartial.
Under the old rules, Cam Newton might've commanded a rookie contract including up to $60 million in guaranteed money before taking an NFL snap.
Ticket guarantees keep bowl system thriving but some schools hurting.
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In science:

Let g be the polynomial whose existence is guaranteed by Lemma 10.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
As we will see below, this will guarantee that in the thermodynamic limit the spectral density is h-independent to leading order in h.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
In the present context it is just the scattering matrix whose unitarity is guaranteed by the conservation law Eq(2).
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
We consider each of the three cases (XX, XXX, and XXZC) separately: (1) In the XXX case, the Heisenberg symmetry of the problem guarantees that S xx = S yy = S zz . (2) When the system approaches the XX point at low energies, we have ˜J z ≪ ˜J ⊥ implying that the relevant gap is approximately ˜J ⊥/2.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
However, we expect the scaling result to be valid quite generally for S zz (k , ω )—spin conservation guarantees that the higher-order corrections to S zz (k , ω ) must also vanish as k → 0 (see Sec.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
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