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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 something will happen or exist

The government provides help for small businesses, but it cannot guarantee their success.

guarantee (that):

We can't guarantee that you will get the cheapest fare possible.

be guaranteed by/under something:

Freedom of speech is guaranteed by our constitution.

The right to a fair trial is guaranteed under Article Six of the convention.

guarantee someone something:

This win guarantees them a place in the final.

2)
a) to promise that something will happen

You should pass the test first time, but we can't guarantee it.

guarantee (that):

He guaranteed they would be paid on time.

guarantee to do something:

Our tutors can virtually guarantee to get you through the exams.

b) to promise someone that they will have something or will get something
guarantee someone something:

We can guarantee you the very finest standards of service.

be guaranteed something:

You're guaranteed a window seat.

3) to agree to repair or replace something that someone has bought if it stops working

All our products are guaranteed for three years.

guarantee something against something:

The car's bodywork is fully guaranteed against rusting.

4)
a) to agree to pay back the money that someone else owes if they cannot pay it back themselves

The loan was guaranteed by a Hong Kong property developer.

b) if a valuable object guarantees something, it is given to someone until you have paid the money that you owe or have done the thing that you promised to do

I used my own personal assets as security to guarantee the loan.


II UK [ˌɡærənˈtiː] / US [ˌɡerənˈtɪ] noun [countable]
Word forms "guarantee":
singular guarantee plural guarantees
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.

guarantee (that):

Going to court is the best guarantee that you will both be treated fairly.

There's no guarantee you will get in without a ticket.

2) a promise that something will definitely happen
give (someone) a guarantee:

I can't give you any guarantees at the moment.

guarantee (that):

The company has given a guarantee that there will be no job losses.

guarantee against:

The tribes wanted secure guarantees against future invasions.

guarantee of:

The university insisted on a written guarantee of good conduct from his uncle.

cast-iron guarantee (= one that is completely reliable):

We need a cast-iron guarantee that the trade in endangered animals will stop.

3)
a) an agreement that if something that you buy does not work, it will be repaired or replaced, or you can have your money back

Many companies offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

under guarantee (= protected by a company's guarantee):

My watch is still under guarantee, so they'll repair it for free.

something carries a guarantee:

Window frames carry a thirty year guarantee against rot or decay.

b) a document containing a guarantee
4)
a) an agreement to pay back money that someone else owes if they cannot pay it back themselves
guarantee for:

The bank requires a guarantee for its loans.

b) an amount of money or a valuable object that you leave with someone until you have paid the money that you owe or have done something that you promised to do

English dictionary. 2014.

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