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verb \ˈgrant\

Simple Definition of grant

  • : to agree to do, give, or allow (something asked for or hoped for)

  • : to give (something) legally or formally

  • : to admit (something) although it does not agree with or support your opinion

Full Definition of grant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to consent to carry out for a person :  allow fulfillment of <grant a request> b :  to permit as a right, privilege, or favor <luggage allowances granted to passengers>

  3. 2 :  to bestow or transfer formally <grant a scholarship to a student>; specifically :  to give the possession or title of by a deed

  4. 3 a :  to be willing to concede b :  to assume to be true <granting that you are correct>

grant·able play \ˈgran-tə-bəl\ adjective
grant·er play \-tər\ noun
grant·or play \ˈgran-tər, -ˌtȯr; gran-ˈtȯr\ noun

Examples of grant

  1. The mayor refused to grant my request for an interview.

  2. The court granted the motion for a new trial.

  3. I cannot grant you that wish.

  4. We haven't yet been granted access to the archive.

  5. The country was granted independence in 1950.

  6. The judge granted custody of the children to their mother.

  7. I grant that he's a talented writer, but I just don't find his books very interesting.

  8. The house is not perfect, I grant you that.

Origin of grant

Middle English, from Anglo-French granter, graanter, from Vulgar Latin *credentare, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to believe — more at creed

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of grant

grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld <granted them a new hearing>. concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim <even her critics concede she can be charming>. vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension <vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples>. accord implies giving to another what is due or proper <accorded all the honors befitting a head of state>. award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors <awarded the company a huge defense contract>.

Rhymes with grant




Simple Definition of grant

  • : an amount of money that is given to someone by a government, a company, etc., to be used for a particular purpose (such as scientific research)

  • : an area of land that is given to someone by a government

Full Definition of grant

  1. 1 :  the act of granting

  2. 2 :  something granted; especially :  a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose

  3. 3 a :  a transfer of property by deed or writing b :  the instrument by which such a transfer is made; also :  the property so transferred

  4. 4 :  a minor territorial division of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont originally granted by the state to an individual or institution

Examples of grant

  1. Her study is being funded by a federal grant.

  2. They wrote a grant proposal to get funding for the project.

13th Century

First Known Use of grant

13th century


biographical name \ˈgrant\

Definition of Grant

  1. Cary 1904–1986 originally Archibald Alexander Leach Am. (Brit.-born) actor


biographical name

Definition of Grant

  1. Ulysses S. 1822–1885 originally Hiram Ulysses Grant Am. gen.; 18th pres. of the United States (1869–77)

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February 11, 2016

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