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

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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

The Ecuadorian government granted Assange citizenship during his nearly seven-year stay at the nation's London embassy. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Major data breach puts all Ecuadorans - including Julian Assange - at risk of identity theft, security firm warns," 17 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration will not grant temporary protected status to Bahamians displaced by the hurricane, an official told NBC News on Wednesday. NBC News, "Bahamians displaced by Dorian seek solace, community in South Florida," 12 Sep. 2019 In the past, the U.S. has granted TPS for some fleeing nations hit by large-scale natural disasters. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump administration isn't granting temporary protection for Bahamians," 11 Sep. 2019 In a 7-2 decision, the court granted the administration’s request to suspend U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s injunction while the case proceeds. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Supreme Court says US may resume denying asylum to Central American refugees," 11 Sep. 2019 WASHINGTON - Two weeks ago, a tweet praising the fried chicken sandwiches at Roaming Rooster in the District of Columbia went viral - and now, to repay the tweeter, the restaurant’s owners have granted her free chicken for life. oregonlive, "Woman gets free chicken for life at Washington, D.C., restaurant after her tweet goes viral," 10 Sep. 2019 In his decision, Trenga granted CAIR's request for a summary judgement before the case went to trial. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Muslims hope judge's ruling against terror watch list ends harassment by feds," 9 Sep. 2019 Sophomore cornerback Kobe Boyce granted receiver Terrace Marshall far too much space on a 26-yard touchdown reception. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Missed opportunities cost Texas chance to make early-season statement," 8 Sep. 2019 In July 2009, after President Barack Obama took office, the EPA granted the state its waiver. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration moves to revoke California’s power to set stricter auto emissions standards," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Jamaica, more than a dozen grassroots-run coral nurseries and fish sanctuaries have sprung up in the past decade, supported by small grants from foundations, local businesses such as hotels and scuba clinics, and the Jamaican government. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 The program is federally funded by a Title III grant. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The state is trying to help as well with a new push backed by grant money. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Can Elon Musk’s SpaceX bring high-speed Internet to Alabama?," 13 Sep. 2019 The fellowship ultimately paid $33.65 an hour and was funded by a grant the university received on Feb. 27 from a donor whose identity was redacted from school records released to the public. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Democratic lawmaker resigns from UMN amid questions over how he was hired," 11 Sep. 2019 This reporting is part of a series supported by a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "We’re facing a global childcare shortage—and women and children are paying the price," 11 Sep. 2019 The project will be funded in part by a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was awarded after lobbying by Ohio’s congressional delegation. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "New $17.8 million study aims to accelerate self-driving cars’ performance in rural Ohio," 10 Sep. 2019 The new program was created by business professors Christina Sharp and Annie Ngo, who were supported by a grant from the California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Sept. 5," 5 Sep. 2019 Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "DUI checkpoint scheduled for Friday in Poway," 28 Aug. 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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