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warrant

Noun

1 a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
2 a type of security issued by a corporation (usually together with a bond or preferred stock) that gives the holder the right to purchase a certain amount of common stock at a stated price; "as a sweetener they offered warrants along with the fixed-income securities" [syn: stock warrant, stock-purchase warrant]
3 formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement" [syn: sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, imprimatur]
4 a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications [syn: guarantee, warrantee, warranty]

Verb

1 show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means" [syn: justify]
2 stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information" [syn: guarantee]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈwɒɹənt/

Etymology 1

From Old Northern French warant, warand ( = etyl fro guarant > modern garant), present participle of a Romance verb from etyl frk *|warjan.

Noun

  1. Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
  2. Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof: a warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success.
    He almost gives his failings as a warrant for his greatness (Garry Wills).
  3. An order that serves as authorization, especially: A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
  4. A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest or to execute a judgment.
  5. A warrant officer.
  6. A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.

Etymology 2

From Old Northern French warantir, warandir ( = etyl fro guarantir > modern garantir), a Romance formation from the noun, Etymology 1, above.

Verb

  1. obsolete transitive To protect, keep safe (from danger).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 44:
      all honest meanes for a man to warrant himselfe from evils are not onely tolerable, but commendable.
  2. To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value etc.).
    I warrant it genuine, sir.
  3. To guarantee as being true; italbrac colloquially to believe strongly.
    That tree is going to fall, I'll warrant.
  4. To authorize; to give (someone) warrant or sanction (to do something).
    I am warranted to search these premises fully.
  5. To justify; to give grounds for.
    Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.
Translations
to guarantee

Extensive Definition

Warrant has several meanings:
See also: Warranty
warrant in Spanish: Warrant (desambiguación)
warrant in Indonesian: Waran
warrant in Dutch: Dwangbevel
warrant in Portuguese: Warrant

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