What does warrant mean?

Definitions for warrant
ˈwɔr ənt, ˈwɒr-war·rant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. warrantnoun

    a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

  2. warrant, stock warrant, stock-purchase warrantnoun

    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"

  3. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimaturnoun

    formal and explicit approval

    "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

  4. guarantee, warrant, warrantee, warrantyverb

    a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications

  5. justify, warrantverb

    show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for

    "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"

  6. guarantee, warrantverb

    stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of

    "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Warrantnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Are you now going to dispatch this deed?
    —— We are, my lord, and come to have the warrant,
    That we may be admitted where he is. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    He sent him a warrant for one thousand pounds a year pension for his life. Edward Hyde.

    There was a damn’d design, cries one, no doubt;
    For warrants are already issued out. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    His promise is our plain warrant, that in his name what we ask we shall receive. Richard Hooker.

    Is this a warrant sufficient for any man’s conscience to build such proceedings upon, as have been and are put in use for the establishment of that cause? Richard Hooker.

    The place of Paradise might be seen unto Moses, and unto the prophets which succeeded him; both which I take for my warrant to guide me in this discovery. Walter Raleigh.

    His warrant does the Christian faith defend;
    On that relying, all their quarrels end. Edmund Waller.

    The Jewish religion was yet in possession; and therefore, that this might so enter as not to intrude, it was to bring its warrant from the same hand of Omnipotence. Robert South, Sermons.

    I attach thee
    For an abuser of the world, a practicer
    Of arts inhibited and out of warrant. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Therefore to horse,
    And let us not be dainty of leave-taking,
    But shift away: there’s warrant in that theft,
    Which steals itself when there’s no mercy left. William Shakespeare.

  2. To WARRANTverb

    Etymology: garantir, French.

    She needed not disdain any service, though never so mean, which was warranted by the sacred name of father. Philip Sidney.

    He that readeth unto us the Scriptures delivereth all the mysteries of faith, and not any thing amongst them all more than the mouth of the Lord doth warrant. Richard Hooker.

    If this internal light be conformable to the principles of reason, or to the word of God, which is attested revelation, reason warrants it, and we may safely receive it for true. John Locke.

    Now we’ll together, and the chance of goodness
    Be like our warranted quarrel. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    How can any one warrant himself in the use of those things against such suspicions, but in the trust he has in the common honesty and truth of men in general? South.

    True fortitude is seen in great exploits,
    That justice warrants and that wisdom guides;
    All else is tow’ring frenzy and distraction. Addison.

    If my coming, whom, she said, he feared, as soon as he knew me by the armour, had not warranted her from that near approaching cruelty. Philip Sidney.

    These thoughts cannot, in this your loneliness, warrant you from suspicion in others, nor defend you from melancholy in yourself. Philip Sidney.

    I’ll warrant him from drowning. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    In a place
    Less warranted than this, or less secure,
    I cannot be, that I should fear to change it. John Milton.

    What a galled neck have we here! Look ye, mine’s as smooth as silk, I warrant ye. Roger L'Estrange.

    The Moors king
    Is safe enough, I warrant him for one. John Dryden, Span. Fryar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Warrantnoun

    that which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act, instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes another to do something which he has not otherwise a right to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage; commission; authority

  2. Warrantnoun

    a writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing

  3. Warrantnoun

    a precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or do other acts incident to the administration of justice

  4. Warrantnoun

    an official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below

  5. Warrantnoun

    that which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security

  6. Warrantnoun

    that which attests or proves; a voucher

  7. Warrantnoun

    right; legality; allowance

  8. Warrantnoun

    to make secure; to give assurance against harm; to guarantee safety to; to give authority or power to do, or forbear to do, anything by which the person authorized is secured, or saved harmless, from any loss or damage by his action

  9. Warrantnoun

    to support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it

  10. Warrantnoun

    to give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to

  11. Warrantnoun

    to secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure

  12. Warrantnoun

    to secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss

  13. Warrantnoun

    to secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2

  14. Warrantnoun

    to assure, as a thing sold, to the purchaser; that is, to engage that the thing is what it appears, or is represented, to be, which implies a covenant to make good any defect or loss incurred by it

  15. Etymology: [OE. waranten, OF. warantir, garantir, guarantir, garentir, garandir, F. garantir to warrant, fr. OF. warant, garant, guarant, a warrant, a protector, a defender, F. garant. 142. See Warrant, n.]


  1. Warrant

    Warrant is an American hard rock band from Hollywood, California, that experienced success from 1989–1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, "Heaven," reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the Double Platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video. Following the critically acclaimed Gold album Dog Eat Dog the band started to experience frequent changes to the line-up and despite the drop in popularity with the arrival of grunge, they released Ultraphobic in 1995 and a successful best of album in 1996. The band also changed their musical direction with the release of the grunge influenced Belly to Belly in 96, but returned to their roots very quickly by the end of the decade. The band experienced highs and lows in the 2000s with successful tours, a new covers album Under the Influence, lead singer Jani Lane leaving, a brand new Born Again album with new singer Jaime St. James and a brief reunion of the original line up. Into the new decade former lead singer and main song writer Jani Lane died.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Warrant

    wor′ant, v.t. to guarantee or make secure: to give assurance against harm to: to authorise: to maintain: to assure.—n. that which warrants or authorises: a commission giving authority: a writ for arresting a person or for carrying a judgment into execution: security: in the army and navy, a writ or authority inferior to a commission: in coal-mining, under-clay.—n. Warr′andice (Scot.), warranty, a clause in a deed by which the grantor binds himself to make good to the grantee the right conveyed.—adj. Warr′antable, authorised by warrant or right: justifiable: of sufficient age to be hunted.—n. Warr′antableness.—adv. Warr′antably.—adj. Warr′anted.—ns. Warr′antee, one to whom warrant is given; Warr′anter, -or, one who warrants; Warr′anting; Warr′antise (Shak.), warrant, authority: promise; Warr′ant-off′icer, in the army and navy, an officer holding a warrant, being the highest rank open to seamen and ordinary soldiers under ordinary circumstances; Warr′anty, a legal warrant or deed of security: a guarantee: authority.—Warrant of arrest, attachment, a writ authorising the arrest of a person or the seizure of property.—Distress warrant, warrant authorising distraining of goods; General warrant, a warrant directed against suspected persons generally; General warranty, a warranty against the claims of all and every person; Justice's warrant, warrant of a justice of the peace to arrest a suspected criminal; Special warranty, warrant against the claims of a particular person. [O. Fr. warantir (Fr. garantir), perh. conn. with warir, to defend—Old High Ger. warjan, werjan.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. warrant

    A writ of authority, inferior to a commission; in former days it was the name given to the deed conferring power on those officers appointed by the navy board, while those granted by the admiralty were styled commissions. Also, a document, under proper authority, for the assembling of a court-martial, punishment, execution, &c. Also, a tabulated regulation for cutting standing and running rigging, as well as for supply of general stores, as warranted by the admiralty.--Brown-paper warrants. Those given by a captain, and which he can cancel.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. warrant

    A certificate of rank issued by commissioned officers. See Officers, Warrant-.

  2. warrant

    In Great Britain, is a royal ordinance on any matter relating to the army.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'warrant' in Nouns Frequency: #2897

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of warrant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of warrant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of warrant in a Sentence

  1. Melinda Urbina:

    The warrant was issued due to evidence that suggested Mr. Oliver intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death of an individual.

  2. Jesse M. Furman:

    ‘specter’ of something purely hypothetical plainly does not warrant an adjournment.

  3. John Coffee:

    If you seem arrogant in court, you may be signing your own economic death warrant.

  4. Herman Hall:

    Were drugs, money or paraphernalia recovered ? the answer to that is no. They did not go forward with executing the initial search warrant that they had for Breonna Taylor apartment.

  5. Sarah Peck:

    As United States continue s to enforce the CDC Order under its Title 42 public health authority, we are working to streamline a system for identifying and lawfully processing particularly vulnerable individuals who warrant humanitarian exceptions under the order.

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  • مذكرةArabic
  • ručitCzech
  • Nachweis, garantierenGerman
  • ένταλμαGreek
  • garantizar, orden, garantía, cédulaSpanish
  • valtuutus, katsastustodistus, merkintäoikeus, määräys, warrantti, valtakirja, todistus, suojelijaFinnish
  • mandat, mandat de conformitéFrench
  • barrantaich, urras, barrantachdScottish Gaelic
  • צוHebrew
  • 値するJapanese
  • гарантираMacedonian
  • waranMalay
  • garanderenDutch
  • garantere, forsikreNorwegian
  • gwarantować, nakazPolish
  • garantirPortuguese
  • полномо́чие, гара́нтия, варра́нт, купо́н, манда́т, о́рдер, гаранти́ровать, руча́ться, правомо́чие, поручи́ться, защи́тникRussian
  • nalogSerbo-Croatian
  • güvence vermek, garanti etmek, teminat vermekTurkish

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