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Etymology 1

From Old Northern French warant, warand ( = Old French guarant > modern garant), present participle of a Romance verb from Frankish *warjan.

Noun

Singular
warrant

Plural
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  1. Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
  2. Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof: a warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success.
    He almost gives his failings as a warrant for his greatness (Garry Wills).
  3. An order that serves as authorization, especially: A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
  4. (law) A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest or to execute a judgment.
  5. A warrant officer.
  6. A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old Northern French warantir, warandir ( = Old French guarantir > modern garantir), a Romance formation from the noun, Etymology 1, above.

Verb

Infinitive
to warrant

Third person singular
warrants

Simple past
warranted

Past participle
-

Present participle
warranting

to warrant (third-person singular simple present warrants, present participle warranting, simple past and past participle warranted)
  1. (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To protect, keep safe (from danger).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 44:
      all honest meanes for a man to warrant himselfe from evils are not onely tolerable, but commendable.
  2. (transitive) To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value etc.).
    I warrant it genuine, sir.
  3. (transitive) To guarantee as being true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.
    That tree is going to fall, I'll warrant.
  4. (transitive) To authorize; to give (someone) warrant or sanction (to do something).
    I am warranted to search these premises fully.
  5. (transitive) To justify; to give grounds for.
    Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.
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