- authorization, sanction, or justification.
- something that serves to give reliable or formal assurance of something; guarantee, pledge, or security.
- something considered as having the force of a guarantee or as being positive assurance of a thing: The cavalry and artillery were considered sure warrants of success.
- a writing or document certifying or authorizing something, as a receipt, license, or commission.
- Law. an instrument, issued by a magistrate, authorizing an officer to make an arrest, seize property, make a search, or carry a judgment into execution.
- the certificate of authority or appointment issued to an officer of the armed forces below the rank of a commissioned officer.
- a warehouse receipt.
- a written authorization for the payment or receipt of money: a treasury warrant.
- to give authority to; authorize.
- to give reason or sanction for; account for: The circumstances warrant such measures.
- to give one's word for; vouch for (often used with a clause to emphasize something asserted): I'll warrant he did!
- to give a formal assurance, or a guarantee or promise, to or for; guarantee: to warrant someone honorable treatment; to warrant payment; to warrant safe delivery.
- to guarantee the quantity, quality, and other representations of (an article, product, etc.), as to a purchaser.
- to guarantee or secure title to (the purchaser of goods); assure indemnification against loss to.
- Law. to guarantee title of an estate or other granted property (to a grantee).
Origin of warrant
Related Words for warrantedsanctioned, assured, guaranteed, secured, allowed, justified, certified, allowable
Examples from the Web for warranted
Contemporary Examples of warranted
Until these nations can provide basic health care, the fear is warranted.Is This Ebola's Tipping Point?
August 26, 2014
Isaacs says that the epidemic is inciting panic worldwide that, in his opinion, may soon be warranted.Ebola Experts Warn of an African ‘Apocalypse’
August 7, 2014
After advising against travel to the affected areas, Frieden said increased caution is warranted.Two American Ebola Patients Coming Home to U.S. for Treatment
August 1, 2014
Were they keeping a list instead of getting their work done, perhaps discipline is warranted.The First Amendment Works, But Does it Work Blue?
July 19, 2014
Governments at all levels will face short-term costs, of course, but the economic fear of immigrants has never been warranted.These Undocumented Teens Outsmarted MIT—and Still Cant Get Real Jobs in America
July 14, 2014
Historical Examples of warranted
All this warranted my boy in being proud of his name, and, so to speak, living up to it.In the Valley
Even sheer, fine handkerchiefs, warranted every thread linen!Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
You may have been warranted; you may not have been; I can't say.Barnaby Rudge
They couldn't be warranted sound: but then, as Tony said, what horse could?The Macdermots of Ballycloran
“Whether you were warranted or not is, of course, another matter,” said Nasmyth.The Greater Power
- anything that gives authority for an action or decision; authorization; sanction
- a document that certifies or guarantees, such as a receipt for goods stored in a warehouse, a licence, or a commission
- law an authorization issued by a magistrate or other official allowing a constable or other officer to search or seize property, arrest a person, or perform some other specified act
- (in certain armed services) the official authority for the appointment of warrant officers
- a security that functions as a stock option by giving the owner the right to buy ordinary shares in a company at a specified date, often at a specified price
- to guarantee the quality, condition, etc, of (something)
- to give authority or power to
- to attest to or assure the character, worthiness, etc, of
- to guarantee (a purchaser of merchandise) against loss of, damage to, or misrepresentation concerning the merchandise
- law to guarantee (the title to an estate or other property)
- to declare boldly and confidently
Word Origin for warrant
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.
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.
see sign one's own death warrant.