Warrant meaning

wôr'ənt, wŏr'-
An order that serves as authorization, especially:
  • 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.
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Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
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The definition of a warrant is a document that gives authority for something.

An example of warrant is a document stating that a particular person needs to be arrested if found.

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Warrant is defined as to guarantee, assure or give someone authority to do something.

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.

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To provide adequate grounds for; justify or require.

What could he have done that would warrant such a punishment?

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Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
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To guarantee clear title to (real property).
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Something that serves as an assurance, or guarantee, of some event or result.
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A writing serving as authorization or certification for something.
  • 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.
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To serve as justification or reasonable grounds for (an act, belief, etc.)

A remark that did not warrant such anger.

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To give formal assurance, or guarantee, to (someone) or for (something)
  • 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).
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To state with confidence; affirm emphatically.

I warrant they'll be late.

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A security issued by a company that gives the owner the right to purchase stock shares at a set price within a specific time frame. In contrast, a perpetual warrant has no expiration date. Sometimes warrants are given to purchasers of debt or preferred stock as an incentive to buy.
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An order in writing from a competent authority instructing that a certain act be carried out.
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In commercial and property law, a warrant also refers to a guarantee that a property being sold or transferred meets certain specified criteria.
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A court order directing that a certain person be taken into custody by the sheriff or other law officer and made to appear before the court to answer a complaint, or for some other reason.
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An arrest warrant issued specifically by a judge for a person who has failed to appear before a court after previously having been summoned to do so, or who has been indicted for an offense or found to be in contempt of court.
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A warrant issued by a governor or other person with authority, commanding that a prisoner under sentence of death be put to death at a certain time and in a certain manner.
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A warrant used by the government to search a described premises and seize any proscribed substances not described in the warrant. This type of warrant has been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court as violating the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, except in cases where the seized items are in plain sight.
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A certificate entitling the bearer to buy a certain number of shares of stock at a specified time for a set price.
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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).

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An order that serves as authorization, especially: A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
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(law) A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest or to execute a judgment.

Arrest warrant issued by Thai supreme court.

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A warrant officer.
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A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
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(finance) An option, usually with a term at issue greater than a year, usually issued together with another security, to buy other securities of the issuer.
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(New Zealand) A Warrant of Fitness; a document certifying that a motor vehicle meets certain standards of safety and mechanical soundness.
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To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value etc.).
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To guarantee as being true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.

That tree is going to fall, I'll warrant.

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To authorize; to give (someone) warrant or sanction (to do something).

I am warranted to search these premises fully.

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To justify; to give grounds for.

Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.

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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 warant, warand (= Old French guarant > modern garant), present participle of a Romance verb from Frankish *warjan.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French warantir, warandir (= Old French guarantir > modern garantir), a Romance formation from the noun, Etymology 1, above.
    From Wiktionary