• (RP) IPA: /ˈwɒɹənt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈwɔɹənt/
  • (NYC) IPA: /ˈwɑɹənt/


  1. Authorization or certification; a sanction#Noun|sanction, as given by a superior#Noun|superior.
  2. (countable) Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee#Noun|guarantee or proof.
    a warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success
  3. (countable) An order#Noun|order that serves as authorization; especially a voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
  4. (finance, countable) An option, usually issue#Verb|issued together with another security and with a term#Noun|term at issue#Noun|issue greater than a year, to buy other securities of the issuer.
  5. (law, countable) A judicial writ#Noun|writ authorizing an officer to make a search#Noun|search, seizure, or arrest#Noun|arrest, or to execute a judgment.
    an arrest warrant issued by the court
  6. (military, countable) Short for warrant officer#English|warrant officer.
    1. (countable) A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
  7. (New Zealand, road transport, countable) A document#Noun|document certifying that a motor vehicle meets certain standards of mechanical soundness and safety; a warrant of fitness.
  8. (obsolete, countable) A defender, a protector.
    • [a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum secūdum”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book X, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗, leaves 207, verso – 208, recto; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗, pages 414–415 ↗:
      And whanne I ſawe her makynge ſuche dole / I asked her who ſlewe her lorde ¶ Syre ſhe ſaid the falſest knyght of the world now lyuyng and he is the mooſt vylayne that euer man herd ſpeke of / and his name is ſir Breuſe ſaunce pyte / thenne for pyte I made the damoyſel to lepe on her palfroy / and I promyſed her to be her waraunt / and to helpe her to entyere her lord
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  9. (mining, uncountable) Underclay in a coal mine.
    Synonyms: warren earth
  • Russian: защи́тник
  • Russian: полномо́чие
Translations Translations
  • Russian: о́рдер
  • Russian: купо́н
  • Spanish: cédula
Translations Translations
  • French: mandat de conformité

warrant (warrants, present participle warranting; past and past participle warranted)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To protect, keep#Verb|keep safe#Adjective|safe (from danger).
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, “Of Constancie”, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗, page 21 ↗:
      [A]ll honeſt meanes for a man to warrant him-ſelfe from euills, are not onely tolerable, but commendable.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 1 ↗:
      I'le warrant him for drowning, though the Ship were no ſtronger then a Nutt-ſhell, and as leaky as an vnſtanched wench.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To give#Verb|give (someone) an assurance or guarantee#Noun|guarantee (of something); also, with a double object: to guarantee#Verb|guarantee (someone something).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Diet Rectified in Substance”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition 2, section 2, member 1, subsection 1, page 200 ↗:
      Crato in a conſultation of his for a noble patient, tels him plainly, that if his Highneſſe will keepe but a good diet, hee will warrant him his former health.
  3. (transitive) To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value, etc.).
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: […], London: Printed [by R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] […], published 1602, OCLC 316392309 ↗, Act III, scene iv ↗:
      Tuc[ca]. [...] Can thy Author doe it impudently enough? / Hiſt[rio]. O, I warrant you, Captaine: and ſpitefully inough too; he ha's one of the moſt ouerflowing villanous wits, in Rome. He will ſlander any man that breathes; If he diſguſt him. / Tucca. I'le know the poor, egregious, nitty Raſcall; and he haue ſuch commendable Qualities, I'le cheriſh him: [...]
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, “Knights and Squires”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗, page 125 ↗:
      The chief mate of the Pequod was Starbuck, a native of Nantucket, and a Quaker by descent. [...] His pure tight skin was an excellent fit; and closely wrapped up in it, and embalmed with inner health and strength, like a revivified Egyptian, this Starbuck seemed prepared to endure for long ages to come, and to endure always, as now; for be it Polar snow or torrid sun, like a patent chronometer, his interior vitality was warranted to do well in all climates.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 2 ↗:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [...]
  4. (transitive) To guarantee as being true#Adjective|true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.
    That tree is going to fall, I’ll warrant.
    • 1822, [Walter Scott], chapter V, in Peveril of the Peak. [...] In Four Volumes, volume IV, Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 2392685 ↗, pages 98–99 ↗:
      "I warrant you," said Chiffinch the female, nodding, but rather to her own figure reflected from a mirror, than to her politic husband, "I warrant you we will find means of occupying him that will sufficiently fill up his time."
  5. (transitive) To authorize; to give (someone) sanction#Noun|sanction or warrant (to do something).
    I am warranted to search these premises fully.
  6. (transitive) To justify; to give ground#Noun|grounds for.
    Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.