grant

verb
\ ˈgrant How to pronounce grant (audio) \
granted; granting; grants

Definition of grant

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

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

grant

noun

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 4) 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

Grant

biographical name (1)
\ ˈgrant How to pronounce Grant (audio) \

Definition of Grant (Entry 3 of 4)

Cary 1904–1986 originally Archibald Alexander Leach American (British-born) actor

Grant

biographical 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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Other Words from grant

Verb

grantable \ ˈgran-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce grantable (audio) \ adjective
granter \ ˈgran-​tər How to pronounce granter (audio) \ noun
grantor \ ˈgran-​tər How to pronounce grantor (audio) , -​ˌtȯr ; gran-​ˈtȯr How to pronounce grantor (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for grant

Verb

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

Examples of grant in a Sentence

Verb

The mayor refused to grant my request for an interview. The court granted the motion for a new trial. I cannot grant you that wish. We haven't yet been granted access to the archive. The country was granted independence in 1950. The judge granted custody of the children to their mother. I grant that he's a talented writer, but I just don't find his books very interesting. The house is not perfect, I grant you that.

Noun

Her study is being funded by a federal grant. They wrote a grant proposal to get funding for the project.
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Access was granted by showing a gold Captain Marvel pin to security guards upon arrival. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Brie Larson Exhibited All Kinds of Girl Power at Captain Marvel's Adrenaline-Fueled New York City Premiere," 8 Mar. 2019 Forty-one percent of West Papua’s land has already been granted to the palm-oil and timber industries, by one analysis, though much has remained undisturbed because of the difficulty of getting products to market. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shrinking Japan’s Fleet; Squeezing the Grocers; Highway Dividing Lines," 8 Mar. 2019 But as Galaxy’s Edge nears its opening day this year, Popular Mechanics was granted a rare exception. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Following that public appearance, Audrey Hepburn was granted permission to wear the diamond, in a Jean Schlumberger necklace of diamond ribbons surrounding the stone, for publicity photographs for her iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Showed up to the Oscars in One of the World's Most Famous Pieces of Jewelry," 25 Feb. 2019 In 1815, after the end of the wars, Leopold settled in England, having been granted citizenship for his service. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 As a part of the divorce agreement, Kate was granted ownership of the family home and primary custody of the children — Mady, Cara, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Gosselin's Daughters Mady and Cara Are 18 Years Old — Here's What They're Up to Now," 13 Feb. 2019 The brothers who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people entered the U.S. on tourist visas with their families and were later granted asylum. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Former police chief recalls foiling terrorism case at border," 4 Feb. 2019 Photo: Walmart / USPTO Walmart was granted a patent this week for a new listening system for its retail stores that, if ever deployed, may make some employees and shoppers uncomfortable. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Walmart secured a patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The city applied for a federal grant in 1984 and received funding to match that, and built the first fully accessible community center. Rachel Withers, Vox, "George H.W. Bush was a champion for people with disabilities," 2 Dec. 2018 In recent months, Russell unveiled a $600,000 renovation to Sheppard Park, and received a $29.5 million federal grant to revitalize Beecher Terrace and the surrounding area. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Proposed Russell sports complex receives $10 million in city funding," 2 July 2018 There’s still room for new students at five Palm Beach County magnet schools benefiting from an $11.6 million federal grant that has paid for arts teachers, academic coaches and new iPads for students. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "There's still room at magnet schools in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach," 2 July 2018 In 2016, the city was awarded a $68,000 federal grant to build a multi-use shelter in Riverside Park on Victor Stier Drive. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Another project quietly approved in Clermont County during FC Cincinnati meeting," 2 July 2018 Naperville officers will be expanding their patrols and looking for impaired drivers over the days leading up to the Fourth of July holiday as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is funded with federal grant money. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "Naperville ranks 9th in Illinois for DUI arrests last year; first time in 17 years city is not in top 5," 29 June 2018 Federal grants and several charities funded the work. Marilynn Marchione, chicagotribune.com, "Enemy turned ally: How poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors," 26 June 2018 The more than 120 separate grants of emergency power to the president are the tip of the iceberg. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Emergency Is Test for Congress," 19 Feb. 2019 In 2017–’18 the grant paid for some $6.5 million in royal travel and related costs, while most of the rest went toward paying staff and repairing crumbling palaces. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of grant

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grant

Verb and Noun

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

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grant

noun

Financial Definition of grant

What It Is

In the business world, a grant usually refers to a stock option grant. However, the term can also refer to federal funding for research, business ventures or partnerships.

How It Works

Let's assume that John Doe receives options to buy 2,000 shares of Company XYZ, his employer, for $10 a share. He receives the option grant as part of his compensation package. His shares vest over a five-year period, meaning they do not become exercisable for five years.

Accordingly, if Company ABC comes along and buys a 51% stake in Company XYZ and John Doe's options automatically vest, John could exercise his options at $10 a share, sell the shares for $20 a share, and walk away with a tidy profit.

Why It Matters

Option grants are incentive compensation that encourage employees to do work that increases the stock price and thus shareholder value, which is the primary objective of all businesses. A company's board of directors normally must approve option grants.

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grantor

noun

Financial Definition of grantor

What It Is

In the legal world, a grantor is a person or entity creating a trust.

How It Works

A trustee is a person or entity that has a fiduciary duty to another person or entity, called the beneficiary. The trustee holds cash, assets or title to property for the benefit of the beneficiary. The trustee's job is to appropriately manage the assets in the trust and ensure they are disbursed in the best interests of the beneficiary on behalf of the grantor.

Trusts and grantors of those trusts are often involved in a variety of situations, particularly those relating to personal estates. In the business world, companies often involve trustees in debt offerings, mergers and other situations involving two parties, a large amount of money, and conditions under which the money moves between the parties.

For example, let's assume Company XYZ issues $100 million of bonds. Company XYZ, the grantor, will appoint a trustee, usually a large bank or similar entity, to act on behalf of the bondholders. The trustee receives and distributes interest payments to the bondholders, maintains lists of the bondholders, and performs similar duties on their behalf. The trustee also monitors Company XYZ's compliance with the covenants and communicates with the bondholders when the issuer is not in compliance.

If the bonds have a sinking fund (which is a requirement to set money aside periodically to repay the bonds), the grantor, Company XYZ, will be required to make payments to the trustee during the bond term. The trustee would then use the funds to repurchase some or all of the bonds on the open market.

Why It Matters

Trusts and the grantors that create them play an important role for businesses and individuals. In many cases, grantors appoint trustees to make sure that assets held on behalf of individuals are not misused. However, companies also have similar wishes in some situations.

As mentioned earlier, the trustee's job is to act in the best interests of the beneficiary. This responsibility is called fiduciary duty, and the trustee is legally obligated to uphold this duty. If it fails to do so, it could be legally liable for damages even if the grantor approves of its actions.

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grant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

grant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grant (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

grant

verb
\ ˈgrant How to pronounce grant (audio) \
granted; granting

Kids Definition of grant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to agree to do, give, or allow I'll grant you three wishes. The teacher granted an extension.
2 : to give legally or formally The country was granted independence.
3 : to admit to or agree with “She's a little one-sided, I grant you,” Mrs. Murry said …— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

grant

noun

Kids Definition of grant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of giving or agreeing to
2 : something given a land grant

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Legal Definition of grant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to permit as a right or privilege grant a new trial the Supreme Court granted certiorari
2 : to bestow or transfer formally specifically : to transfer the possession or title of by a deed : convey

grant

noun

Legal Definition of grant (Entry 2 of 2)

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 by which such a transfer is made also : the property so transferred

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