Definition of warrant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒr(ə)nt/


1A document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or another 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
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  • On receipt of the authority to proceed the metropolitan magistrate may issue a warrant for the arrest of the person specified.
  • He then failed to answer a summons from the examining magistrate, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on 28th January 1997.
  • Police issued an arrest warrant for bigamy and John, who now lives on the Isle of Man, turned himself in last week.
authorization, written order, licence, permit, official document;
writ, order, summons, subpoena;
mandate, decree, fiat, edict;
1.1A document that entitles the holder to receive goods, money, or services: we’ll issue you with a travel warrant
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  • These warrants entitle the holders to sell shares of the common stock to the Company on certain dates at specified prices.
  • While it's not required that the government receive warrants in return, that's one suggestion to compensate it for the credit risks being taken.
  • In a card of this type, the issuer warrants to the payee that a cheque, drawn by the card-holder for not more than a stated maximum amount, will be paid on presentment.
voucher, chit, slip, paper, ticket, coupon, pass
1.2 Finance A negotiable security allowing the holder to buy shares at a specified price at or before a future date: [as modifier]: warrant bonds
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  • Other things being equal, for every €1 fall in the share price, the warrant price falls by five times more.
  • Based on the current warrant and share price, the warrant gives gearing of 1.8 times.
  • The buyers negotiate favorable terms, such as price discounts or warrants to receive additional shares should the stock hit a target price.
2 [mass noun, usually with negative] Justification or authority for an action, belief, or feeling: there is no warrant for this assumption
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  • There is no warrant for the claim that he became anti-Christian or antireligious after coming to power.
  • There is as yet no warrant for ruling out an arithmetical set that is not decidable, or for ruling out a decidable set that is not arithmetical.
  • There can be no warrant for the cold-blooded execution of a surrendered terrorist.
justification, grounds, cause, rationale, basis, assurance;
authority, licence, authorization, sanction, vindication
3An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer.


[with object]
1Justify or necessitate (a course of action): the employees feel that industrial action is warranted
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  • Young people aged 10 to 17 who plead guilty to their first offence will be sent to new youth offender panels, providing their crime is not serious enough to warrant a custodial sentence.
  • It's serious enough to warrant immediate action.
  • Of course, the generals' categorical denial of a conspiracy simply serves to underline that the rumors are serious enough to warrant their attention.
justify, vindicate, call for, sanction, validate, be a justification/reason for;
permit, authorize, entitle, empower;
uphold, condone, endorse, deserve, excuse, be a defence of, explain away, account for, offer grounds for, legitimize;
support, consent to, license, approve of;
merit, qualify for, rate, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, be deserving of
2Officially affirm or guarantee: the vendor warrants the accuracy of the report
guarantee, affirm, swear, promise, vow, pledge, give an undertaking, undertake, state, assert, declare, aver, proclaim, pronounce, profess, attest;
vouch, testify, bear witness;
support, endorse, underwrite, back up, stand by


I (or I'll) warrant (you)

dated Used to express the speaker’s certainty about something: I’ll warrant you’ll thank me for it in years to come
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  • I'll warrant that the usual suspect behind modern urban malaise - the breakdown of the fabric of traditional communities - has something to do with it.
  • On the pitch two gallant teams went at it hammer and tongs while off it, their passionate supporters kept up an incessant cacophony, which will not, I'll warrant, be equalled at the county final.
  • They do this while reading it religiously and, I'll warrant, using it as a way of keeping tabs on how various stories are playing, especially at the grass-roots level.



Pronunciation: /ˈwɒr(ə)ntə/
Example sentences
  • Persons against who the cases have been filed are either sellers, warranters or producers.
  • Such a warranty may require varying deductibles and up-front payment for services which the warranter then reimburses at a later, perhaps much later, date.
  • They were lobbying to be considered as the natural warranters of Venezuelan rainforest protection and preservation by being original inhabitants of the land.


Middle English (in the senses 'protector' and 'safeguard', also, as a verb, 'keep safe from danger'): from variants of Old French guarant (noun), guarantir (verb), of Germanic origin; compare with guarantee.

  • guarantee from late 17th century:

    A guarantee and a warranty (Middle English) are basically the same thing and go back to a common source. Warrant (Middle English) and warranty are earlier, coming from Norman French, showing the typically Norman ‘w’ variant of French garantie. Guarantee seems to have come from the Spanish equivalent and to have been influenced by the French form.

Words that rhyme with warrant

abhorrent, torrent

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