granted; granting; grants
Essential Meaning of grant
1 : to agree to do, give, or allow (something asked for or hoped for) The mayor refused to grant my request for an interview. The court granted the motion for a new trial. See More ExamplesShe granted me an interview. [=she agreed to let me interview her] She rarely grants interviews. [=she rarely agrees to be interviewed] I cannot grant you that wish.
2 : to give (something) legally or formally The government has agreed to grant the refugees asylum. = The government has agreed to grant asylum to the refugees. We haven't yet been granted access to the archive. See More ExamplesThe country was granted independence in 1950. The judge granted custody of the children to their mother.
3 : to admit (something) although it does not agree with or support your opinion I grant that he's a talented writer, but I just don't find his books very interesting. The house is not in perfect condition, I grant you [=I admit that the house is not in perfect condition], but it's still a great deal. The house is not perfect, I grant you that.
Full Definition of grant
(Entry 1 of 4)
1a : 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
2 : to bestow or transfer formally grant a scholarship to a student specifically : to give the possession or title of by a deed
3a : to be willing to concede I grant you that the house is not in perfect condition.
b : to assume to be true granting that you are correct
— see also take for granted
Definition of grant (Entry 2 of 4)
1 : the act of granting
2 : something granted especially : a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose
3a : a transfer of property by deed or writing
b : the instrument (see instrument entry 1 sense 5) by which such a transfer is made also : the property so transferred
4 : a minor territorial division of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont originally granted by the state to an individual or institution
Grantbiographical name (1)
Definition of Grant (Entry 3 of 4)
Cary 1904–1986 originally Archibald Alexander Leach American (British-born) actor
Grantbiographical name (2)
Definition of Grant (Entry 4 of 4)
Ulysses S. 1822–1885 originally Hiram Ulysses Grant American general; 18th president of the U.S. (1869–77)
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