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Definition of Warrant

Babylon English Dictionary

authorize; justify, entitle; empower; permit; sanction; vouch for, guarantee; pledge
authorization, sanction; justification; authority; license to search (a house, etc.); authorization to make an arrest; guarantee; license; voucher; empowerment
Warrant Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
  
(n.)
To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2.
  
(n.)
To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss.
  
(n.)
To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure.
  
(n.)
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 action.
  
(n.)
To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security.
  
(n.)
That which attests or proves; a voucher.
  
(n.)
Right; legality; allowance.
  
(n.)
An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.
  
(n.)
A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing.
  
(n.)
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 justice.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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warrant
\war"rant\ (?), n. [oe. warant, of. warant a warrant, a defender, protector, f. garant, originally a p. pr. pf german origin, fr. ohg. werēn to grant, warrant, g. gew?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 justice. (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; security. i give thee warrant of thy place. his worth is warrant for his welcome hither.
3. that which attests or proves; a voucher.
4. right; legality; allowance. [obs.]


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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
barántas
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Dywaesu = v. to warrant
Gwaesaf = n. a pledge; a deposit, a warrant; a deposition
Gwarant = n. security, warrant
Gwarantu = v. to warrant
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
(hypernym) writ, judicial writ
(hyponym) search warrant
(classification) law, jurisprudence
2. 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"
(synonym) stock warrant, stock-purchase warrant
(hypernym) security, surety
(hyponym) perpetual warrant
3. formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
(synonym) sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, imprimatur
(hypernym) approval, commendation
(hyponym) O.K., OK, okay, okey, okeh
4. a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
(synonym) guarantee, warrantee, warranty
(hypernym) assurance, pledge
(hyponym) security, surety
(derivation) guarantee

Verb
1. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"
(synonym) justify
(hypernym) confirm, reassert
2. stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information"
(synonym) guarantee
(hypernym) back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
(hyponym) cover, insure, underwrite
(derivation) guarantee, warrantee, warranty
Warrant Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
A security entitling the holder to buy a proportionate amount of stock at some specified future date at a specified price, usually one higher than current market. This "warrant" is then traded as a security, the price of which reflects the value of the underlying stock . Warrants are issued by corporations and often used as a "sweetener" bundled with another class of security to enhance the marketability of the latter. Warrants are like call options, but with much longer time spans -- sometimes years. In addition, warrants are offered by corporations whereas exchange traded call options are not issued by firms.
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Sean_Woo's Finance,GIS & Real Estate Glossary
always be issued along with debt(bond) and used to induce investors to buy long-term debt(bond) with a lower coupon rate.
eg: IBM first sell $500 of 20-year bonds in 2001,with a coupon rate(interest rate) of 10 percent; then IBM sell the same bonds only with a coupon rate of 8 percent,but it would offer 10 warrants each $100 bond,each warrant would enable the holder to buy one share of IBM common stock at any time before 2011. So investor would be willing to buy the latter.
Warrant is a long-term call option,a option for stocks.
The bonds and the warrants combined into a package.
Warrant Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream that a warrant is being served on you, denotes that you will engage in some important work which will give you great uneasiness as to its standing and profits.

To see a warrant served on some one else, there will be danger of your actions bringing you into fatal quarrels or misunderstandings. You are likely to be justly indignant with the wantonness of some friend.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Warrant Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Warrant may refer to:
  • Warrant (law), a form of specific authorization
    • Search warrant, a court order issued that authorizes law enforcement to conduct a search for evidence
  • Warrant (philosophy), a proper justification for holding a belief
  • Quo warranto, a writ requiring the person to whom it is directed to show what authority they have for exercising some right or power (or "franchise") they claim to hold

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Warrant Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
An official order authorizing a specific act, such as an arrest or the search of someone's home. A written order directing the arrest of a party. A search warrant orders that a specific location be searched for items, which if found, can be used in court as evidence. (2) A long-term option that guarantees the right to purchase a stated number of shares of common stock in a company at a specified (exercise) price.

A writ issued by a justice of the peace or other authorized officer, directed to a constable or other proper person, requiring him to arrest a person therein named, charged with committing some offence, and to bring him before that or some other justice of the peace.

It should regularly be made under the hand and seal of the justice and dated. No warrant ought to be issued except upon the oath or affirmation of a witness charging the defendant with, the offence.

The reprehensible practice of issuing blank warrants which once prevailed in England, was never adopted here.

A bench warrant is a process granted by a court authorizing a proper officer to apprehend and bring before it some on charged with some contempt, crime or misdemeanor.

A search warrant is a process issued by a competent court or officer authorizing an officer therein named or described, to examine a house or other place for the purpose of finding goods which it is alleged have been stolen.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
A written order from a competent authority directing the doing of acertain act, especially one directing the arrest of a person or persons, issuedby a court, body or official.