Definitions of warrant

  1. a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
  2. a 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.
  3. stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; " The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; " I warrant this information"
  4. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; " The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; " The end justifies the means"
  5. In law and common usage: to undertake or engage for the payment of ( a debt) or the performance of ( a duty) by another person; to undertake to secure ( a possession, right, claim, etc.) to another against a specified contingency, or at all avents; to give a guarantee concerning; to engage, assure, or secure as a thing that may be depended on; to warrant; as, to guarantee the execution of a treaty.
  6. 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.
  7. A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing.
  8. 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.
  9. An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.
  10. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security.
  11. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
  12. Right; legality; allowance.
  13. 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.
  14. To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
  15. To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to.
  16. To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure.
  17. To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss.
  18. To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2.
  19. 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.
  20. See search warrant or arrest warrant.
  21. An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See officer, below.
  22. An official paper giving authority; a writ or order for arresting a person; that which vouches for or guarantees anything; just ground; as, he acted without warrant; in the army, a certificate of rank or appointment issued to one of lower rank than a commissioned officer.
  23. To guarantee; give assurance to; authorize; declare as certain; make secure; give just ground for or to.
  24. Warranter, warrantor.
  25. Warrantably.
  26. That which warrants or authorizes: a commission giving authority: a writ for arresting a person: security.
  27. A commission; writ for arresting; summons; voucher; authority.
  28. To authorise; justify; assure; obtain a writ against.
  29. To guarantee the quality or character of; assure; justify.
  30. A judicial writ authorizing arrest, search, seizure, etc.
  31. A voucher; guaranty; sanction.
  32. Warrantable.
  33. An act, instrument, or obligation by which one person authorizes another to do something which he has not otherwise a right to do; authority; power that authorizes or justifies any act; a commission giving authority; a voucher; that which attests or proves; right; a writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing; a writ of authority inferior to a commission. Warrant of attorney, a written authority given by a client to his attorney to appear for him.
  34. To authorize; to maintain; to support by authority or proof; to justify; to secure; to pledge one's self for; to declare with assurance; to secure to a grantee an estate granted; to secure to a purchaser the good quality of the goods sold.
  35. To authorise; to justify; to assure; to secure to, as to a purchaser the quantity and quality of the goods sold as represented.
  36. A written document conferring some right or authority; that which authorises or justifies an act; that which vouches or insures for anything.

Usage examples for warrant

  1. They are a splendid lot of people and in most excellent condition, much better than the appearance of the country here would warrant. – McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia by John McKinlay
  2. That was enough to warrant his being watched, although we did nothing for several days except to see that he got no further information. – Ted Marsh on an Important Mission by Elmer Sherwood
  3. My hand does not warrant a No- trump, because I have only two suits stopped. – Auction of To-day by Milton C. Work
  4. I warrant thou hast made no profit by it. – The Valley of the Kings by Marmaduke Pickthall
  5. I got one of my friends to ask the officer to show him the warrant. – Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol
  6. One of the officers said he had a warrant to search the house. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  7. I warrant she was very violent at first. – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  8. About thirty people had collected, and before them all Mr. Hubbert demanded the warrant; when it was produced he declared it worthless because not in the king's name, and then went on to add that the government " was not more then a corporation in England, and ... – The Emancipation of Massachusetts by Brooks Adams
  9. " Then help me out, if you can, for I don't know what to do; and if I did, I haven't the authority of friendship as my warrant. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  10. And yet, I warrant, he wou'd not touch another Woman, if he might have her for nothing. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  11. You have my warrant for saying that money is no consideration; house and income are assured. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. Come, Mr. Officer, serve your warrant, and remove your prisoner. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  13. You'll have to go an' swear out a search- warrant for him, Elfarettie. – Anderson Crow, Detective by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. Will you believe it if I show you the warrant for his arrest? – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  15. A warrant is out for his arrest. – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  16. He had no leave warrant. – An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 by William Orpen
  17. And you have not come empty- handed from home, I warrant. – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  18. Let D'Aulnay shake a warrant, monsieur. – The Lady of Fort St. John by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  19. Yes; but, great Cat, objected Boar, you took care to seize upon a young one, I warrant. – The Sa'-Zada Tales by William Alexander Fraser