from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being sure, especially of oneself; self-assurance.
- n. Something beyond doubt; a certainty.
- n. A pledge or formal promise made to secure against loss, damage, or default; a security.
- n. One who has contracted to be responsible for another, especially one who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of default.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. certainty
- n. A promise to pay a sum of money in the event that another person fails to fulfill an obligation.
- n. One who undertakes to pay money or perform other acts in the event that his principal fails therein.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being sure; certainty; security.
- n. That which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of confidence or security.
- n. Security against loss or damage; security for payment, or for the performance of some act.
- n. One who is bound with and for another who is primarily liable, and who is called the principal; one who engages to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt, or for performance of some act; a bondsman; a bail.
- n. Hence, a substitute; a hostage.
- n. Evidence; confirmation; warrant.
- transitive v. To act as surety for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Certainty; indubitableness: especially in the phrase of a surety, certainly, indubitably.
- n. Security; safety.
- n. That which makes sure, firm, or certain; foundation of stability; ground of security.
- n. Security against loss or damage; security for payment or for the performance of some act.
- n. One who has made himself responsible for another; specifically, in law, one who has bound himself with or for another who remains primarily liable; one who has contracted with the creditor or claimant that he will be answerable for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another; one who enters into a bond or recognizance or other obligation to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt or his performance of some act, and who, in case of the principal's failure, can be compelled to pay the debt or damages; a bondsman; a bail.
- n. Hence A sponsor.
- To act as surety for; guarantee; be bail or security for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a guarantee that an obligation will be met
- n. property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
- n. something clearly established
- n. a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
- n. one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
Middle English surte, from Old French, from Latin sēcūritās, from sēcūrus, sure; see secure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman seurté, from Latin securitas, securitatem. (Wiktionary)