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1 a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications [syn: warrant, warrantee, warranty]
2 a pledge that something will happen or that something is true; "there is no guarantee that they are not lying"
3 a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults [syn: guaranty]


1 give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products" [syn: vouch]
2 make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!" [syn: ensure, insure, assure, secure]
3 promise to do or accomplish; "guarantee to free the prisoners" [syn: undertake]
4 stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information" [syn: warrant]

User Contributed Dictionary




  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.


anything that assures a certain outcome
a written declaration
a person who gives such a guarantee


  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.


to assure that something will get done right
to assume responsibility for a debt
to make something certain

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Extensive Definition

A surety is a person who agrees to be responsible for the debt or obligation of another. Additionally, the situation in which a surety is most typically required is when the ability of the primary obligor or principal to perform its obligations under a contract is in question, or when there is some public or private interest which requires protection from the consequences of the principal's default or delinquency. In most common law jurisdictions, a contract of suretyship is subject to the statute of frauds (or its equivalent local laws) and is only enforceable if recorded in writing and signed by the surety and the principal.
If the surety is required to pay or perform due to the principal's failure to do so, the law will usually give the surety a right of subrogation, allowing the surety to "step into the shoes of" the principal and use his contractual rights to recover the cost of making payment or performing on the principal's behalf, even in the absence of an express agreement to that effect between the surety and the principal.
The act of becoming a surety is also called a guarantee. Traditionally a guarantee was distinguished from a surety in that the surety's liability was joint and primary with the principal, whereas the guaranty's liability was ancillary and derivative, but many jurisdictions have abolished this distinction.
In the United States, under Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, a person who signs a negotiable instrument as a surety is termed an accommodation party; such a party may be able to assert defenses to the enforcement of an instrument not available to the maker of the instrument.
guarantee in German: Bürgschaft
guarantee in Swedish: garant
guarantee in Turkish: Kefalet

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