grant

1 of 2

verb

granted; granting; grants

transitive verb

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
2
: to bestow or transfer formally
grant a scholarship to a student
specifically : to give the possession or title of by a deed
3
a
: 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
grantable adjective
granter noun
grantor noun

see also take for granted

grant

2 of 2

noun

1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted
especially : a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose
3
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
As for Kennedy, prior to Biden, 81, granting him Secret Service Protection, an armed man, later identified as Adrian Paul Aispuro, was arrested for impersonating a U.S. Marshal at a presidential campaign event Kennedy hosted in Los Angeles back in September. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024 Superior Court Judge Rachel Krause granted the removal of Judge Ural Glanville in a ruling issued Monday, July 15. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2024
Noun
Our fact-check work is supported in part by a grant from Meta. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 This is intended to replace a $550 early education facilities grant that was cut from the governor’s most recent budget. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for grant 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grant was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grant. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

grant

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to consent to : permit
grant your request
b
: to permit as a right, privilege, or favor
granted them a day off for volunteer work
2
: to give the possession or benefit of formally or legally
the king granted land to the settlers
3
: to admit something not yet proved to be true
granted you are right, you must still pay for the damage
granter noun

grant

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted: as
a
: a gift (as of money or land) for a particular purpose
a research grant
b
: an area of land granted by a government

Legal Definition

grant

1 of 2 transitive verb
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

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted
especially : a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose
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

Biographical Definition

Grant 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

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

Grant

2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Ulysses S. 1822–1885 originally Hiram Ulysses Grant American general; 18th president of the U.S. (1869–77)

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