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Meaning of WARRANT

Pronunciation:  'worunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
  2. [n]  a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
  3. [n]  formal and explicit approval
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [v]  stand behind
  6. [v]  show to be reasonable

WARRANT is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: countenance, endorsement, guarantee, guarantee, imprimatur, justify, sanction, stock warrant, stock-purchase warrant, warrantee, warranty
 See Also: amnesty, approval, arrest warrant, assurance, back, bench warrant, cachet, certify, commendation, commutation, confirm, cover, death warrant, deposit, endorse, insure, judicial writ, lettre de cachet, nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, pardon, perpetual warrant, pledge, plump for, plunk for, reassert, reprieve, search warrant, security, security, stock warrant, subscription warrant, support, surety, surety, underwrite, visa, writ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \War"rant\, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
    defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
    origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew["a]hren;
    akin to OFries. wera. Cf. {Guarantee}.]
    1. 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. Specifically:
       (a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
           or other thing.
       (b) (Law) 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
       (c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
           issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
           officer. See {Warrant officer}, below.
    2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
             I give thee warrant of thy place.     --Shak.
             His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
    3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
    4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {Bench warrant}. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
    {Dock warrant} (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
    {General warrant}. (Law) See under {General}.
    {Land warrant}. See under {Land}.
    {Search warrant}. (Law) See under {Search}, n.
    {Warrant of attorney} (Law), written authority given by one
       person to another empowering him to transact business for
       him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
       his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
       judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
       some specified person. --Bouvier.
    {Warrant officer}, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
       corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
       quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
    {Warrant to sue and defend}.
       (a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
           authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
           defend for him.
       (b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
           to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
           his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
  2. \War"rant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Warranted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Warranting}.] [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. [root]142. See {Warrant}, n.]
    1. 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
             That show I first my body to warrant. --Chaucer.
             I'll warrant him from drowning.       --Shak.
             In a place Less warranted than this, or less secure,
             I can not be.                         --Milton.
    2. To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain;
       to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
             True fortitude is seen in great exploits, That
             justice warrants, and that wisdom guides. --Addison.
             How little while it is since he went forth out of
             his study, -- chewing a Hebrew text of Scripture in
             his mouth, I warrant.                 --Hawthorne.
    3. To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by
       giving a warrant to.
             [My neck is] as smooth as silk, I warrant ye. --L'
    4. (Law)
       (a) To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to
       (b) To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to
           the same; to indemnify against loss.
       (c) To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity
           of the goods sold, as represented. See {Warranty}, n.,
       (d) 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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that a warrant is being served on you indicates that you will involved with some important matters which will lead to uneasiness. Dreaming that a warrant is served on someone else means misunderstandings and quarrel.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Most commonly, a court order authorizing law enforcement officers to make an arrest or conduct a search. An application seeking a warrant must be accompanied by an affidavit which establishes probable cause by detailing the facts upon which the request is based.