verb (used with object)
Origin of warrant
Related Words for warrantsanction, license, certificate, permission, summons, subpoena, passport, permit, ticket, pledge, credential, accreditation, uphold, affirm, require, necessitate, stipulate, explain, ensure, undertake
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Contemporary Examples of warrant
Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
The risks are too high to warrant supporting public marriage proposals.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Not enough black films are being made to warrant a piece of the pie.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
Olga was on guard as always, and categorically refused to open the door unless the police produced a warrant.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
There are indeed cases of serious harassment that warrant both public scrutiny and close attention from law enforcement.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of warrant
"If your cask is leer, I warrant your purse is full, gaffer," shouted Hordle John.
"If you will warrant the beer, I will warrant the throat," said John composedly.
I'll warrant you have lost a dozen between Mallory's and here.
Again Kitty nodded, after looking up at him in alarm when he spoke of the warrant.
But I'll warrant you there's a kitchen garden in the rear of the palace.Tanglewood Tales
Word Origin for warrant
early 13c., "protector, defender," from Old North French warant (Old French garant), from Frankish *warand (cf. Old High German weren "to authorize, warrant," German gewähren "to grant"), from Proto-Germanic *war- "to warn, guard, protect," perhaps from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (cf. Latin vereri "to observe with awe, revere, respect, fear;" Greek ouros "watchman," horan "to see;" Hittite werite- "to see;" see weir).
Sense evolved via notion of "permission from a superior which protects one from blame or responsibility" (c.1300) to "document conveying authority" (1510s). A warrant officer in the military is one who holds office by warrant, rather than by commission.
late 13c., "to keep safe from danger," from Old North French warantir (Old French garantir), from warant (see warrant (n.)).
Meaning "to guarantee to be of quality" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "to guarantee as true" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Warranted; warranting.
see sign one's own death warrant.