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 for warrant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Warrant \War"rant\, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
     defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
     origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew[aum]hren;
     akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee.]
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     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: 
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        (a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
            or other thing.
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        (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
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        (c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
            issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
            officer. See Warrant officer, below.
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     2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
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              I give thee warrant of thy place.     --Shak.
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              His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
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     3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
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     4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
     Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
     General warrant. (Law) See under General.
     Land warrant. See under Land.
     Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n.
     Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority given by one
        person to another empowering him to transact business for
        him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
        his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
        judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
        some specified person. --Bouvier.
     Warrant officer, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
        corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
        quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
     Warrant to sue and defend.
        (a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
            authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
            defend for him.
        (b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
            to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
            his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Warrant \War"rant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warranted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Warranting.] [OE. waranten, OF. warantir, garantir,
     guarantir, garentir, garandir, F. garantir to warrant, fr.
     OF. warant, garant, guarant, a warrant, a protector, a
     defender, F. garant. [root]142. See Warrant, n.]
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     1. 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
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              That show I first my body to warrant. --Chaucer.
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              I'll warrant him from drowning.       --Shak.
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              In a place
              Less warranted than this, or less secure,
              I can not be.                         --Milton.
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     2. To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain;
        to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
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              True fortitude is seen in great exploits,
              That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides.
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              How little while it is since he went forth out of
              his study, -- chewing a Hebrew text of Scripture in
              his mouth, I warrant.                 --Hawthorne.
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     3. To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by
        giving a warrant to.
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              [My neck is] as smooth as silk, I warrant ye. --L'
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     4. (Law)
        (a) To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to
        (b) To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to
            the same; to indemnify against loss.
        (c) To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity
            of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n.,
        (d) 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attorney \At*tor"ney\, n.; pl. Attorneys. [OE. aturneye, OF.
     atorn['e], p. p. of atorner: cf. LL. atturnatus, attornatus,
     fr. attornare. See Attorn.]
     1. A substitute; a proxy; an agent. [Obs.]
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              And will have no attorney but myself. --Shak.
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     2. (Law)
        (a) One who is legally appointed by another to transact
            any business for him; an attorney in fact.
        (b) A legal agent qualified to act for suitors and
            defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law.
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     Note: An attorney is either public or private. A private
           attorney, or an attorney in fact, is a person appointed
           by another, by a letter or power of attorney, to
           transact any business for him out of court; but in a
           more extended sense, this class includes any agent
           employed in any business, or to do any act in pais, for
           another. A public attorney, or attorney at law, is a
           practitioner in a court of law, legally qualified to
           prosecute and defend actions in such court, on the
           retainer of clients. --Bouvier. -- The attorney at law
           answers to the procurator of the civilians, to the
           solicitor in chancery, and to the proctor in the
           ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, and all of these
           are comprehended under the more general term lawyer. In
           Great Britain and in some states of the United States,
           attorneys are distinguished from counselors in that the
           business of the former is to carry on the practical and
           formal parts of the suit. In many states of the United
           States however, no such distinction exists. In England,
           since 1873, attorneys at law are by statute called
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     A power, letter, or warrant, of attorney, a written
        authority from one person empowering another to transact
        business for him.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified
      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" [syn: warrant, stock
         warrant, stock-purchase warrant]
      3: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the
         union's endorsement" [syn: sanction, countenance,
         endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur]
      4: a written assurance that some product or service will be
         provided or will meet certain specifications [syn:
         guarantee, warrant, warrantee, warranty]
      v 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" [syn: justify, warrant]
      2: stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or
         condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I
         warrant this information" [syn: guarantee, warrant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  403 Moby Thesaurus words for "warrant":
     Bible oath, CD, IOU, John Hancock, MO, OK, accept, acceptance,
     acceptance bill, account for, accredit, acknowledge,
     acknowledgment, acquittance, admit, affidavit, affirm, affirmance,
     affirmation, agency, agentship, agree provisionally, allege, allow,
     amen, and candle, approbation, approval, approve, argue,
     assent grudgingly, assert, assert under oath, asseverate, assign,
     assignment, assurance, assure, attest, attestation, authenticate,
     authentication, authority, authorization, authorize, autograph,
     aver, avouch, avow, back, back up, bank acceptance, bank check,
     basis, be sponsor for, bear out, bear witness, bench warrant, bill,
     bill of draft, bill of exchange, bill of health, blank check,
     bolster, bond, book, brevet, building permit, buttress, call,
     callable securities, canceled check, capias, care, carte blanche,
     cats and dogs, cause, caveat, certificate, certificate of deposit,
     certificate of proficiency, certification, certified check,
     certify, charge, charter, check, checkbook, cheque,
     circumstantiate, claim, clear, clearance, commercial paper,
     commission, commissioning, commit, commitment, concede, confess,
     confirm, confirmation, consign, consignment, contend, copyright,
     corporation securities, corroborate, cosign, countenance,
     countersecure, countersign, countersignature, credential,
     cry sour grapes, cure, death warrant, debenture, declare, defend,
     delegate, delegated authority, delegation, demand bill,
     demand draft, depone, depose, deposition, deputation, depute,
     deputize, destigmatize, detach, detail, devolute, devolution,
     devolve, devolve upon, devolvement, diploma, discharge, disclose,
     dispensation, do justice to, document, draft, due bill, earnest,
     embassy, empower, empowerment, enable, enabling, endorse,
     endorsement, enfranchise, enfranchisement, ensure, entitle,
     entitlement, entrust, entrusting, entrustment, errand,
     exchequer bill, exculpate, executorship, exequatur, explain,
     express general agreement, express the belief, extrajudicial oath,
     factorship, favor, fiat, fieri facias, fishing license,
     foreign securities, fortify, foundation, franchise, freedom,
     full power, futures contract, give evidence, give in charge,
     give official sanction, give permission, give power,
     give the go-ahead, give the imprimatur, give thumbs up,
     go along with, go-ahead, good reason, government securities, grant,
     green light, ground, grounds, guarantee, guaranty,
     habere facias possessionem, hunting license, immunity, imprimatur,
     indemnity, indulgence, initial, injunction, insurance, insure,
     interdict, ironclad oath, judicial oath, junior securities,
     jurisdiction, justify, kiss the book, legalize, legation,
     legitimize, letter of credit, liberty, license, lieutenancy,
     listed securities, loyalty oath, make a promise, mandamus, mandate,
     mandatory injunction, marketable securities, material basis,
     mission, mittimus, money order, municipal securities, navicert,
     need, negotiable instrument, negotiable securities, nihil obstat,
     nisi prius, nod, noncallable securities, not oppose, notarization,
     notarize, notarized statement, note, note of hand, notice,
     notification, oath, oath of allegiance, oath of office, office,
     official oath, okay, outstanding securities,
     over-the-counter securities, own, paper, pass, pass on, pass upon,
     patent, pawn, permission, permit, pledge, plenipotentiary power,
     plight, portfolio, post, postal order, power of attorney,
     power to act, precept, privilege, probate, process, procuration,
     profess, prohibitory injunction, promise, promissory note, prove,
     proxy, purge, purview, quittance, ratification, ratify,
     rationalize, reason, receipt, receipt in full, recognize, regency,
     regentship, rehabilitate, reinforce, reinstate, release, require,
     responsibility, restore, right, rubber stamp, sanction,
     say amen to, seal, search warrant, second, secure, securities,
     security, send out, senior securities, sheepskin, short-term note,
     sight bill, sight draft, sigil, sign, sign and seal, sign for,
     signature, signet, solemn declaration, solemn oath, special favor,
     sponsor, stamp, stamp of approval, stand behind, stand up for,
     state, stipulate, stocks and bonds, strengthen, subject to call,
     subpoena, subscribe to, subscription, substance, substantiate,
     summons, support, surety, sustain, swear, swear and affirm,
     swear by bell, swear to, swear to God, swear to goodness,
     sworn statement, task, test oath, testamur, testify, testimonial,
     the nod, ticket, tie, time bill, time draft, token,
     trade acceptance, transfer, treasury bill, treasury bond,
     treasury certificate, treasury note, troth, trust, trusteeship,
     undergird, undersign, underwrite, undigested securities,
     unregistered securities, uphold, validate, validation, verify,
     vicarious authority, vindicate, visa, vise, vouch, voucher, vow,
     warrant of arrest, warrant of attorney, warranty, witness, word,
     writ, yield

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WARRANT, crim. law, Practice. 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. 
       2. 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. 3 Binn. Rep. 88. 
       3. The reprehensible practice of issuing blank warrants which once 
  prevailed in England, was never adopted here. 2 Russ. on Cr. 512; Ld. Raym. 
  546; 1 Salk. 175; 1 H. Bl. R. 13; Doct. Pl. 529; Wood's Inst. 84; Com. Dig. 
  Forcible Entry, D 18, 19; Id. Imprisonment, H 6,; Id. Pleader, 3 K 26; Id. 
  Pleader, 3 M 23. Vide Search warrant. 
       4. 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. See Bench warrant. 
       5. 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. See Search warrant. 

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