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1a document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or some other body to make an arrest, search premises, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of justice:magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest an extradition warrant a document that entitles the holder to receive goods, money, or services:we’ll issue you with a travel warrant Finance a negotiable security allowing the holder to buy shares at a specified price at or before some future date. [usually with negative] justification or authority for an action, belief, or feeling:there is no warrant for this assumption 2an official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer.
verb [with object]
justify or necessitate (a certain course of action):that offense is serious enough to warrant a court marshal officially affirm or guarantee:the vendor warrants the accuracy of the report
with a double r
; the ending is -ant