Definition of warrant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɒrənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrənt//
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːrənt//
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  1. 1[countable] a legal document that is signed by a judge and gives the police authority to do something an arrest warrant warrant for something They issued a warrant for her arrest. warrant to do something They had a warrant to search the house. see also death warrant, search warrant See related entries: Legal documents, Solving crime
  2. 2[countable] warrant (for something) a document that gives you the right to receive money, services, etc. the issue of warrants for equity shares
  3. 3[uncountable] warrant (for something/for doing something) (formal) (usually in negative sentences) an acceptable reason for doing something There is no warrant for such criticism.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘protector’ and ‘safeguard’, also, as a verb, ‘keep safe from danger’): from variants of Old French guarant (noun), guarantir (verb), of Germanic origin; compare with guarantee.Extra examples In certain circumstances, police may enter premises without a warrant. Police who executed a search warrant found a substantial amount of stolen property on the premises. The commissioner has issued a warrant for her arrest. The judge issued a bench warrant. The king refused to sign the death warrant for his old friend. The police served a warrant on him. Federal agents tried to serve arrest warrants on him for firearms offences. Police arrived with a search warrant. The police arrived with a warrant to search the house.
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