From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishguaranteeguar‧an‧tee1 /ˌɡærənˈtiː/ ●●○ S3 W3 AWL verb [transitive] 1 a) to promise to do something or to promise that something will happenguarantee (that) I guarantee you’ll love this film.guarantee somebody something If you send the application form in straight away, I can guarantee you an interview.guarantee to do something I cannot guarantee to work for more than a year. The law guarantees equal rights for men and women. b) to make a formal written promise to repair or replace a product if it breaks within a specific period of time All our products are fully guaranteed.guarantee something against something The stereo is guaranteed against failure for a year.► see thesaurus at promise2 SCLto promise that you will pay back money that someone else has borrowed, if they do not pay it back themselves The bank will only lend me money if my parents guarantee the loan.3 CERTAINLY/DEFINITELYto make it certain that something will happen In movies, talent by no means guarantees success.guarantee that The built-in thermostat guarantees that the water remains at the same temperature all the time.be guaranteed to do something This latest incident is guaranteed to make the situation worse.be guaranteed something Even if you complete your training, you aren’t guaranteed a job.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusguarantee• The first emigrants to Canada were guaranteed 200 acres of land each.• But uniformity of content and, increasingly, of process has been guaranteed.• There was nothing caught in her throat, absolutely, guaranteed.• A good education doesn't guarantee a good job.• Unisys bought $ 211 million worth of these Executive Life contracts, which guarantee a specific return to investors.• TRESemmé's 4+4 Exothermic perm guarantees a strong wave formulation which means the curl structure lasts the full life of the perm.• Anyone who did this last time would have been guaranteed a win.• And by age 75 they must use most of their pension fund to buy an annuity guaranteeing an income for life.• The loans are guaranteed by the government.• After all, it is orders that businesses need to provide jobs and to guarantee employment.• The king had guaranteed our safety on our journey.• We guarantee that you won't lose your jobs when the company is taken over.• I can't guarantee the plan will work, but I'll give it a try.guarantee something against something• This protective coating guarantees your car against corrosion.• All stereo parts are guaranteed against failure for a year.be guaranteed to do something• If your string is unequal in diameter along its length, then the overtones are guaranteed to be off.• Nevertheless, although generalizations arrived at by legitimate inductions can not be guaranteed to be perfectly true, they are probably true.• Everyone knows the Triangular Trade is guaranteed to bring home the gold.• Going out with friends is guaranteed to cheer you up.• If the costs on the paths are non-decreasing with length then this algorithm is guaranteed to find the cheapest path first.• In this way, we would be guaranteed to produce 500 men and 500 women.• A day away from presidential politics for a junkie is guaranteed to shift perspective and challenge perception.• Do not, whatever you do, lay down loose rugs, they are guaranteed to trip you up.• Like the other Kodaks, it was not only easy to use but was guaranteed to be successful. guaranteeguarantee2 ●●○ AWL noun [countable] 1 PROMISEa formal written promise to repair or replace a product if it breaks within a specific period of time SYN warranty They offer a two-year guarantee on all their electrical goods.come with/carry a guarantee Our computers come with a one-year guarantee.under guarantee Is your TV under guarantee (=protected by a guarantee)? a money-back guarantee2 PROMISEa formal promise that something will be doneguarantee of I’m afraid there’s no guarantee of success.guarantee that I cannot give a guarantee that there will be no redundancies.3 a) PROMISEa promise that you will pay back money that someone else has used or borrowed, if they do not pay it themselves b) PROMISEsomething valuable that you give to someone to keep until you have done something you promised to do The bank is holding the airline’s assets as guarantees.COLLOCATIONSverbshave a guaranteeAll our boots have a one-year guarantee for being waterproof.come with/carry a guaranteeThe building work comes with a 30-year guarantee.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + guaranteea one-year/two-year etc guaranteeOur clocks carry a five-year guarantee.a money-back guarantee (=one that gives you back the money you paid if there is a problem)The company offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee on all its products.a lifetime guarantee (=one that lasts as long as the object your have bought)The binoculars are covered against manufacturing faults by a lifetime guarantee.a full guarantee (=one that covers all problems)A full guarantee comes with every purchase.
Examples from the Corpusguarantee• The contract contains a guarantee that the building will be finished within 6 months.• After the Second World War, Belgium wanted a guarantee that it would not be invaded again.• It said this document was a guarantee of the pensions.• Neither biological nor cultural evolution is any guarantee that we are inevitably moving towards a better world.• For workers in small firms employment guarantees are very rare, working hours are longer and safety records poor.• a loan guarantee• Royal guarantees secured such a division.• As a member of parliament Mr Berezovsky is theoretically immune from prosecution, but he described this guarantee as worthless.• Is the camera still under guarantee?• But what guarantee is there that technique No. 2 will actually be used?money-back guarantee• Everything comes with a money-back guarantee.• Are they quality products sold at a reasonable price with a money-back guarantee?• You say you never buy anything without a money-back guarantee?• Some mail-order outlets offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee.• All refunds under money-back guarantees should be made within the time stated on the ad.give ... guarantee• Nurses in training should be given a guarantee of employment following qualification.• Here the husband had given a guarantee to the bank in support of advances by the bank to a third party.• A privately-owned West End Hotel, extensively modernised giving a guarantee of individual attention to all our guests.• Here too the legatee would be asked to give a guarantee that he would make over the property as requested.From Longman Business Dictionaryguaranteeguar‧an‧tee1 /ˌgærənˈtiː/ verb [transitive]1to make a formal written promise to repair or replace a product if it has a fault within a specific period of time after you buy itguarantee something against somethingThe car’s galvanized bodyshell is guaranteed a full ten years against corrosion.2LAWFINANCEto make a legal promise to repay a loan if the original borrower DEFAULTs (=fails to repay it or make interest payments on it)The loan will be guaranteed by Bangkok Bank.→ See Verb tableguaranteeguarantee2 noun [countable]1a formal written promise to repair or replace a product if it has a fault within a specific period of time after you buy itguarantee againstFor new home-owners, some builders have now given a 20-year guarantee against structural defects.be under guaranteeAs the video camera was still under guarantee (=protected by a guarantee), he took it back to the shop to be repaired.2FINANCE an agreement to be responsible for someone else’s promise, especially a promise to repay a loan if the original borrower DEFAULTs (=fails to repay it or make interest payments on it)3FINANCEBANKING money or assets held by an organization until someone has paid their debts, or debts that they might have in the futurecreditor banks holding part of the airline’s assets as guarantees of earlier debts → bank guarantee → cross guarantee → export credit guarantee → loan guaranteeOrigin guarantee2 (1600-1700) Probably from guaranty