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 United States has received some 81,800 asylum requests from Venezuelans and President Donald Trump recently said his administration is considering granting legal temporary protective status to thousands of Venezuelans who have fled. Washington Post, "UN: Venezuelans now file 1 in 5 of all new asylum claims," 20 June 2019 Community association leaders from Campus Hills, Harris Hill and East Towson all wrote letters to the county opposing the variance, as did the Towson Communities Alliance, but the variance was ultimately granted. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Affordable housing development proposed for East Towson," 19 June 2019 The farm’s owners will retain ownership of the property but will grant the state a conservation easement, which will limit its future usage. USA TODAY, "‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states," 19 June 2019 Chandler claims new Tacos Chiwas restaurant Tacos Chiwas will grant their East Valley customers’ wishes when the taco shop opens a location in Chandler on June 18. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "3 popular Phoenix restaurants are expanding to the East Valley. Here's what you need to know," 18 June 2019 Carolyn Warmus was released from Bedford Hills prison on Monday after her parole was granted last month. Fox News, ""Fatal Attraction' killer released from New York prison," 18 June 2019 Only invited guests of the Queen are granted seats in the carriages. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Didn't Attend Royal Ascot with Kate and Prince William," 18 June 2019 While many take these frictionless payments for granted, not everyone enjoys that privilege. Hikmet Ersek, Fortune, "Cashless Isn’t Just Classist—It’s Bad for Business," 18 June 2019 Carolyn Warmus was released from Bedford Hills prison on Monday after her parole was granted last month. NBC News, "'Fatal Attraction' killer released from New York prison," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Students must fill out a brief application to access the grant money. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "$1 million Cleveland State University donation to expand program to help at-risk students," 19 June 2019 Currently, much of the mitigation funding repays homeowners instead of providing grants upfront, which means only those with significant funding sources can take advantage. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Six years after Sandy, Jersey Shore recovery shows shortfalls in the system," 18 June 2019 Taiwan’s tech giant HTC, which develops VR headsets and content under its brand Vive, provides grants to projects that promote awareness of climate change and sustainability under VR for Impact. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "Artists are using virtual reality to convey the perils of climate change," 15 June 2019 The parade was sponsored by Christopher Street West/Los Angeles, a nonprofit group that provides grants to the gay and lesbian community. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "From gay bashing to AIDS to same-sex marriage, L.A. pride parade reflects hopes, dreams and despairs," 9 June 2019 It’s more expensive for telecom companies to serve spread-out rural areas than cities and suburbs, so the government provides grants to encourage them to build internet networks in rural parts of the country. Tali Arbel, The Seattle Times, "FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet," 15 Apr. 2019 The Title X program, enacted in 1970, provided federal grants totaling about $286 million in fiscal 2017 for family planning, contraception and related preventive health services. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Curbs Federal Funding for Clinics Providing Abortions," 22 Feb. 2019 Think of Liz Goodfellow, president of the Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts, which provides grants to women who cannot otherwise afford abortions. BostonGlobe.com, "People helping us pull back from the darkness," 30 June 2018 Signorella said Comcast provides charitable grants and has a program for low-income families to receive affordable internet service. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "DuPage County, Comcast agree to 10-year deal," 29 June 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 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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