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Vocabulary --> General Business --> Warranties --> Word to learn

Study the following definitions and examples.


1.      characteristic adj., revealing of individual traits; n., an individual trait

a.     The cooking pot has features characteristic of the brand, such as "heat-resistant" handles.

b.     One characteristic of the store is that it is slow in mailing refund checks.


2.      consequence n., that which follows necessarily

a.     The consequence of not following the service instructions for your car is that the warranty is invalidated.

b.     As a consequence of not having seen a dentist for several years, Lydia had several cavities.


3.      consider v., to think about carefully

a.     The customer considered buying the DVD player until he learned that the warranty coverage was very limited.

b.     After considering all the options, Delia decided to buy a used car.


4.      cover v., to provide protection against

a.      Will my medical insurance cover this surgery?

b.      Her car insurance provided for complete coverage against collision.


5.      expiration n., the end

a.      Have you checked the expiration date on this yogurt?

b.      We can expect that the expiration of our Japan contract will impact sales next year.


6.      frequently adv., occurring commonly; widespread

a.      Appliances frequently come with a one-year warranty.

b.      Warranties for this kind of appliance are frequently limited in their coverage.


7.      imply v., to indicate by inference

a.     The guarantee on the iPod implied that all damages were covered under warranty for one year.

b.     The travel agent implied that our hotel was not in the safest part of the city, but, when pressed for details, he said the location was fine.


8.      promise n., a pledge, a commitment; v., to pledge to do, bring about, or provide

a.     A warranty is a promise the manufacturer makes to the consumer.

b.     The sales associate promised that our new mattress would arrive by noon on Saturday.


9.      protect v., to guard

a.     Consumer laws are designed to protect the public against unscrupulous vendors.

b.     You can protect yourself from scams by getting detailed information on the seller.


10.      reputation n., the overall quality of character

a.     Even though the salesperson showed me a product I had never heard of, I bought it because of the good reputation of the manufacturer.

b.     The company knew that the reputation of its products was the most important asset it had.


11.      require v., to deem necessary or essential

a.      A car warranty may require the owner to have it serviced by a certified mechanic.

b.      The law requires that each item clearly display the warranty information.


12.      variety n., many different kinds

a.     There's a variety of standard terms that you'll find in warranties.

b.     A variety of unexpected problems appeared after the product had been on the market for about six months.

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