1. The act of binding oneself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; SYN. allegiance, loyalty, dedication.
2. An engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
3. A message that makes a pledge; SYN. dedication.
4. The official act of consigning a person to a prison (or mental hospital); SYN. committal, consignment.
ETYM Old Eng. warant, Old Fren. warant a warrant, a defender, protector, French garant, originally a p. pr. pf German origin, from Old High Germ. weręn to grant, warrant, German gewähren; akin to OFries. wera. Related to Guarantee.
An authorization allowing police to perform specified acts.