- 1 to promise to do something; to promise something will happen guarantee something Basic human rights, including freedom of speech, are now guaranteed. guarantee (that)… We cannot guarantee (that) our flights will never be delayed. guarantee somebody something The ticket will guarantee you free entry. guarantee to do something We guarantee to deliver your goods within a week.
- 2 guarantee something (against something) to give a written promise to replace or repair a product free if it goes wrong This iron is guaranteed for a year against faulty workmanship.
- 3 to make something certain to happen guarantee something Tonight's victory guarantees the team's place in the final. guarantee somebody something These days getting a degree doesn't guarantee you a job.
- 4guarantee (that)… to be certain that something will happen You can guarantee (that) the children will start being naughty as soon as they have to go to bed.
- 5to agree to be legally responsible for something or for doing something, especially for paying back money that somebody else owes if they cannot pay it back themselves guarantee something to guarantee a bank loan guarantee to do something to guarantee to pay somebody’s debts guarantee that… I guarantee that he will appear in court. Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘guarantor’): perhaps from Spanish garante, corresponding to French garant, later influenced by French garantie
verbjump to other results
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiː//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiː//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they guarantee
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiː//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiː//he / she / it guarantees
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiːz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiːz//past simple guaranteed
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiːd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiːd//past participle guaranteed
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiːd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiːd//-ing form guaranteeing
BrE BrE//ˌɡærənˈtiːɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡærənˈtiːɪŋ//