- A judicial writ authorizing the search or seizure of property, arrest of a person, or the execution of a legal judgment.
- A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
- An option to buy stock at a specified price from an issuing company.
An example of warrant is a document stating that a particular person needs to be arrested if found.
An example of warrant is to guarantee the freshness of flowers in a delivery.
An example of warrant is to promise the delivery of goods tomorrow morning.
What could he have done that would warrant such a punishment?
- Authorization in writing for the payment or receipt of money.
- A short-term note issued by a municipality or other governmental agency, usually in anticipation of tax revenues.
- An option issued by a company granting the holder the right to buy certain securities, generally common stock, at a specified price and usually for a limited time.
- A writ or order authorizing an officer to make an arrest, seizure, or search, or perform some other designated act.
- The certificate of appointment to the grade of warrant officer.
A remark that did not warrant such anger.
- To guarantee the quality, quantity, condition, etc. of (goods) to the purchaser.
- To guarantee to (the purchaser) that goods sold are as represented.
- To guarantee to (the purchaser) the title of goods purchased; assure of indemnification against loss.
- To guarantee the title of granted property to (the grantee).
I warrant they'll be late.
He almost gives his failings as a warrant for his greatness (Garry Wills).
Arrest warrant issued by Thai supreme court.
That tree is going to fall, I'll warrant.
I am warranted to search these premises fully.
Origin of warrant
- Middle English warant from Old North French of Germanic origin wer-4 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French warantir, warandir (= Old French guarantir > modern garantir), a Romance formation from the noun, Etymology 1, above.