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Guarantee vs. Promise — What's the Difference?

Guarantee vs. Promise — What's the Difference?

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Guarantee

Guarantee is a legal term more comprehensive and of higher import than either warranty or "security". It most commonly designates a private transaction by means of which one person, to obtain some trust, confidence or credit for another, engages to be answerable for him.
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Promise

A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something.
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Guarantee

A formal assurance (typically in writing) that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be repaired or replaced if not of a specified quality
The treaty provides a guarantee of free trade
We offer a 10-year guarantee against rusting
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Promise

A declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen
I did not keep my promise to go home early
What happened to all those firm promises of support?
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Guarantee

An undertaking to answer for the payment or performance of another person's debt or obligation in the event of a default by the person primarily responsible for it.
Apr 20, 2022
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Promise

The quality of potential excellence
He showed great promise even as a junior officer
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Guarantee

Provide a formal assurance, especially that certain conditions will be fulfilled relating to a product, service, or transaction
The company guarantees to refund your money
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Promise

Assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen
She made him promise that he wouldn't do it again
He promised to forward my mail
He promised her the job
‘I'll bring it straight back,’ she promised
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Guarantee

Promise with certainty
No one can guarantee a profit on stocks and shares
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Promise

Give good grounds for expecting (a particular occurrence)
It promised to be a night that all would remember
Forthcoming concerts promise a feast of music
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Guarantee

Something that assures a particular outcome or condition
Lack of interest is a guarantee of failure.
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Promise

A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.
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Guarantee

A promise or assurance, especially one given in writing, that attests to the quality or durability of a product or service.
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Promise

Something promised.
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Guarantee

A pledge that something will be performed in a specified manner.
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Promise

Indication of something favorable to come; expectation
A promise of spring in the air.
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Guarantee

A guarantor.
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Promise

Indication of future excellence or success
A player of great promise.
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Guarantee

A guaranty.
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Promise

To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge
Left but promised to return.
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Guarantee

To assume responsibility for the debt, default, or miscarriage of.
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Promise

To afford a basis for expecting
Thunderclouds that promise rain.
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Guarantee

To assume responsibility for the quality or performance of
Guarantee a product.
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Promise

To make a declaration assuring that something will or will not be done.
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Guarantee

To undertake to do, accomplish, or ensure (something) for another
Guaranteed to free the captives.
Guarantees freedom of speech.
Apr 20, 2022

Promise

To afford a basis for expectation
An enterprise that promises well.
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Guarantee

To make certain
The rain guarantees a good crop this year.
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Promise

(countable) an oath or affirmation; a vow
If I make a promise, I always stick to it;
He broke his promise
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Guarantee

To guaranty.
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Promise

(countable) A transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his use.
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Guarantee

To furnish security for.
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Promise

(uncountable) Reason to expect improvement or success; potential.
She shows great promise as an actress.
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Guarantee

To express or declare with conviction
I guarantee that you'll like this book.
Apr 20, 2022

Promise

A placeholder object representing the eventual result of an asynchronous operation.
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Guarantee

Anything that assures a certain outcome.
Can you give me a guarantee that he will be fit for the match?
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Promise

Bestowal or fulfillment of what is promised
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Guarantee

A legal assurance of something, e.g. a security for the fulfillment of an obligation.
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Promise

(ambitransitive) To commit to (some action or outcome), or to assure (a person) of such commitment; to make an oath or vow.
If you promise not to tell anyone, I will let you have this cake for free.
She promised to never return to this town again.
He promised me a big kiss if I would drive him to the airport.
I can't promise success, but I'll do the best I can.
Apr 20, 2022

Guarantee

More specifically, a written declaration that a certain product will be fit for a purpose and work correctly; a warranty
The cooker comes with a five-year guarantee.
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Promise

(intransitive) To give grounds for expectation, especially of something good.
The clouds promise rain.
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Guarantee

The person to whom a guarantee is made.
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Promise

In general, a declaration, written or verbal, made by one person to another, which binds the person who makes it to do, or to forbear to do, a specified act; a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.
For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
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Guarantee

(colloquial) A person who gives such a guarantee; a guarantor.
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Promise

An engagement by one person to another, either in words or in writing, but properly not under seal, for the performance or nonperformance of some particular thing. The word promise is used to denote the mere engagement of a person, without regard to the consideration for it, or the corresponding duty of the party to whom it is made.
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Guarantee

To give an assurance that something will be done right.
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Promise

That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise.
My native country was full of youthful promise.
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Guarantee

To assume or take responsibility for a debt or other obligation.
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Promise

Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised.
He . . . commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.
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Guarantee

To make something certain.
The long sunny days guarantee a good crop.
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Promise

To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing, giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage; as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of hostilities; to promise the payment of money.
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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.
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Promise

To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
Apr 20, 2022

Guarantee

One who binds himself to see an undertaking of another performed; a guarantor.
Apr 20, 2022

Promise

To make declaration of or give assurance of, as some benefit to be conferred; to pledge or engage to bestow; as, the proprietors promised large tracts of land; the city promised a reward.
I dare promise myself you will attest the truth of all I have advanced.
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Guarantee

The person to whom a guaranty is made; - the correlative of guarantor.
Apr 20, 2022

Promise

To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
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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.
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Promise

To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil.
Will not the ladies be afeard of the lion?I fear it, I promise you.
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Guarantee

A written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
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Promise

A verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
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Guarantee

A pledge that something will happen or that something is true;
There is no guarantee that they are not lying
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Promise

Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future;
There is little or no promise that he will recover
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Guarantee

A collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults
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Promise

Make a promise or commitment
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Guarantee

Give surety or assume responsibility;
I vouch for the quality of my products
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Promise

Promise to undertake or give;
I promise you my best effort
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Guarantee

Make certain of;
This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us
Preparation will guarantee success!
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Promise

Make a prediction about; tell in advance;
Call the outcome of an election
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Guarantee

Promise to do or accomplish;
Guarantee to free the prisoners
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Promise

Give grounds for expectations;
The new results were promising
The results promised fame and glory
Apr 20, 2022

Guarantee

Stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of;
The dealer warrants all the cars he sells
I warrant this information
Apr 20, 2022

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