grant

verb
\ ˈgrant How to pronounce grant (audio) \
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.Hide
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.Hide
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)

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

— see also take for granted

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 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

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)

Other Words from grant

Verb

grantable \ ˈgran-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce Grant (audio) \ adjective
granter \ ˈgran-​tər How to pronounce Grant (audio) \ noun
grantor \ ˈgran-​tər How to pronounce Grant (audio) , -​ˌtȯr ; gran-​ˈtȯr How to pronounce Grant (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Any changes, however, would require legislative action by Congress, or executive order by the president, since the constitution gives him the sole authority to grant pardons on the federal level. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2021 The bill, which will automatically become law in 30 days if it isn't signed or vetoed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, could face legal challenges, with opponents questioning whether the city council has the authority to grant voting rights to noncitizens. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 9 Dec. 2021 Laura Bacon, founder and CEO, said the retail stores would grant new businesses access to brick-and-mortar sites to sell their products on a short-term basis. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, 12 Nov. 2021 According to Section 1201, the Copyright Office lacks the authority to grant permission to sell or distribute the necessary software. Kyle Wiens, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2021 For those without visas, CBP has the authority to grant parole for Afghans to enter the US on a case by case basis, which the US has previously allowed during other evacuations. Tara Subramaniam And Holmes Lybrand, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 The efforts were guided by Collins, who held sole authority to grant exemptions from the pause for NIH projects, and his chief of staff, according to those familiar with what unfolded. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 DeVos said in a statement that her office would grant a waiver to any state unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Judges can grant those requests if the expungement is found to be in the interest of justice. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The federal money comes from a commitment to Alabama from the U.S. Department of Transportation through an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. John Sharp, al, 10 Jan. 2022 The wire transactions listed in the indictment add up to $515,548 in NASA grant money, $1,074,811 in Air Force grants, $31,830 in UA salary paid to Ang and $88,000 in payments made to Ang's limited liability company. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 10 Jan. 2022 This effort came about because of support from DARPA—a $25-million grant in 2003 to develop mRNA vaccines, followed by $56 million in 2020 to support manufacturing of the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine. Laura Defrancesco, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 The three-year grant, to be split among the schools, will pay for 10 associate professors from each institution each year to undergo training, including workshops, summer instructions and mentoring meant to prepare them for leadership roles. Billy Jean Louis, baltimoresun.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Each awardee, or their survivors, also receives a financial grant, scholarship aid, death benefits or other form of financial assistance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Ultimately, the teams working on the project were able to secure a $900,000 grant from the city of Seattle -- enough money to purchase the land. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 People want to see a reflection of themselves, and platforms like Instagram and TikTok grant Black women and femmes that opportunity. Treye Green, Allure, 17 Dec. 2021 Other funding sources include a one-time federal grant of $18 million, tax increment reinvestment zones, tax exemptions and SAHA federal capital funds. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Dec. 2021

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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

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

grant

transitive verb

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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