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grant

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verb \ ˈgrant \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of grant

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

play \ˈgran-tə-bəl\ adjective

granter

play \ˈgran-tər\ noun

grantor

play \ˈgran-tər, -ˌtȯr; gran-ˈtȯr\ noun

Examples of grant in a Sentence

  1. The mayor refused to grant my request for an interview.

  2. The court granted the motion for a new trial.

  3. I cannot grant you that wish.

  4. We haven't yet been granted access to the archive.

  5. The country was granted independence in 1950.

  6. The judge granted custody of the children to their mother.

  7. I grant that he's a talented writer, but I just don't find his books very interesting.

  8. The house is not perfect, I grant you that.

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Origin and Etymology of grant

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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grant

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Definition of grant

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 1instrument 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

Examples of grant in a Sentence

  1. Her study is being funded by a federal grant.

  2. They wrote a grant proposal to get funding for the project.

Recent Examples of grant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of grant

see 1grant


Grant

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biographical name \ ˈgrant \

Definition of Grant

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

Grant

biographical name

Definition of Grant

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

Financial Definition of GRANT

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.



GRANT Defined for English Language Learners

grant

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Definition of grant for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of grant for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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grant

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verb \ ˈgrant \

Definition of grant for Students

granted; granting
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

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grant

noun

Definition of grant for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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grant

transitive verb

legal Definition of grant

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

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grant

noun

legal Definition of grant

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


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