grant

verb
\ˈgrant \
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 \

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 \ adjective
granter \ˈgran-​tər \ noun
grantor \ˈgran-​tər, -​ˌtȯr; gran-​ˈtȯr \ 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

Trump could challenge California’s power to set its own standards, granted under the Clean Air Act, and that could set up a lengthy legal battle since California has pledged to defend its quest to reduce pollution. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "GM proposes nationwide zero-emissions vehicle sales mandate," 27 Oct. 2018 Shopping is something most of us take for granted in terms of representation. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Para-Athlete Designs Jumpsuit For ASOS With Wheelchair Users In Mind," 4 July 2018 But the study, which analyzed BrokerCheck records and other regulatory information, found that arbitrators granted requests nearly 70% of the time. Coulter Jones, WSJ, "Finra Arbitrators Let Thousands of Brokers Purge Infraction Records," 17 Nov. 2018 The new Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has promised a new policy granting work visas to those who choose Mexico. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 The monument, which will honor Stanton and fellow suffragist Susan B. Anthony, will be unveiled in August 2020, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide. Harper's BAZAAR, "Monumental Women: Inside the Push for More Female Statues," 2 Oct. 2018 The pitch earned the approval of umpire Ben May, who granted Maeda his ninth strikeout of the game. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 Private donations and grant money largely go towards major capital projects, of which there are many. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 CancerFree KIDS has been granting seed funding for promising research to cure or provide gentler treatment for children with cancer for almost 15 years. Chuck Gibson, Cincinnati.com, "$800,000 in research grants awarded by CancerFree KIDS," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here’s a rundown: The Land and Water Conservation Fund: This popular conservation fund, which was enacted in 1964 and funds state grants and federal land acquisition, expired on Sept. 30. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Border Wall Fight Overshadows Other Policy Battles in Congress," 2 Dec. 2018 Separately, Amazon is tapping New York state for grants and tax breaks worth more than $1.5 billion, the richest in state history and more than triple those offered by Virginia. Bernard Condon, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s NYC home in ‘opportunity zone’ for Trump tax break," 13 Nov. 2018 There are also a number of non-profit organizations that offer grants and scholarships for people whose primary barrier to infertility treatment is cost. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 Successful applicants can receive federal grants, loans, or work study funds from the U.S. Department of Education, which pays out more than $150 billion in aid annually. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," 1 Oct. 2018 The charitable initiative will provide business support through financial grants and strategic mentoring. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The CFDA Fashion Trust Will Provide Financial Support and Mentoring to New Designers," 12 Sep. 2018 The books are bought with private donations and grants, and the program has 200 volunteers working with about 2,500 offenders across Texas. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 Then in April, the Wisconsin legislature passed a huge school-safety grant, and the state Department of Justice was told to distribute that money quickly. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 Membership grants privileges and obligations, and the privileges aren’t available to countries that don’t wish to assume the obligations. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Simple but Undefined Brexit Question Leads to Reckoning for U.K.’s May," 16 Nov. 2018

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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

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

Noun

see grant entry 1

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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 \
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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