\ ˈgrant How to pronounce grant (audio) \
granted; granting; grants

Definition of grant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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 (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

Other Words from grant


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


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once the beta is over, the pre-order obviously won’t grant you access to it. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 June 2022 In Year Two, the city will grant an 80 percent rebate if additional conditions are met. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 Once in Mexico, a migrant is usually required to stay in the southern city of Tapachula until the Mexican authorities grant a humanitarian visa to travel farther, a process that can take months. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Every week or so, after some negotiating, the soldiers would grant Turash permission to bury the deceased outside in a communal grave. Valerie Hopkins,, 10 June 2022 No one can grant permission for this kind of reconciliation grounded in personal experience or legislate its effect, thus explaining the vehemence of Hickey’s anti-institutionalism. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 The agreement will grant the U.S. access to three bases on mainland Greece along with its long-standing naval presence on the island of Crete. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 31 May 2022 An East Bay high school on Tuesday will grant honorary diplomas to 40 former students who were forced out of school and incarcerated in internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 Under this act, the FDA would grant provisional approval to drugs that demonstrate substantial evidence of safety and relevant early evidence of positive therapeutic outcomes. Brian Wallach, STAT, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The threat of domestic violent extremists is not new: the Biden administration has focused on combatting DVEs by establishing a unit at the DOJ and providing grant money through the Department of Homeland Security. Luke Barr, ABC News, 15 June 2022 As assistant superintendent, Mahoney will also supervise PSAT and advance placement exams along with administering state and federal grant money. George Castle, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2022 County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said federal grant money is also available to fund additional positions. Scott Turner |, al, 9 June 2022 At a recent board meeting, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District agreed to make $1.5 million in grant money available for green infrastructure projects for 2023. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 8 June 2022 Using grant money, Wayne State University's Center for Behavioral Health and Justice has placed 15 vending machines across the state, including the university's undergraduate library, as well as centers that provide services for drug users. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2022 However, the grant money, which must be used by June 30, cannot help business through the unexpected length of the pandemic, says Rev. Moose, executive director of the NIVA. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 Kaardal also filed four nearly identical lawsuits challenging the grant money being awarded in four other heavily Democratic cities: Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 Epps-Johnson, who is CTCL’s executive director, did not respond to a voice message left on her direct line, but the group replied with a statement saying the grant money was available to all parts of the country. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grant


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


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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\ 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



Kids Definition of grant (Entry 2 of 2)

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



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

Grant biographical name (1)

\ ˈgrant How to pronounce Grant (audio) \

Definition of Grant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Grant (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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