Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “warrant”

warrant

verb uk   /ˈwɒr.ənt/ us    /ˈwɔːr-/

warrant verb (MAKE NECESSARY)

[T] to make a particular activity necessary: Obviously what she did was wrong, but I don't think it warranted quite such severe punishment. It's a relatively simple task that really doesn't warrant a great deal of time being spent on it.
See also

warrant verb (PROMISE)

[I or T] old-fashioned to say that you are certain about something

warrant

noun uk   /ˈwɒr.ənt/ us    /ˈwɔːr-/

warrant noun (DOCUMENT)

[C] an official document, signed by a judge or other person in authority, which gives the police permission to search someone's home, arrest a person, or take some other action: a search warrant Judge La Riva had issued an arrest warrant/a warrant for his arrest.

warrant noun (REASON)

[U] old-fashioned a reason for doing something: There's no warrant for that sort of behaviour!
(Definition of warrant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of warrant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “warrant” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More