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

Some maritime legal experts said the large number of casualties on the California boat and widespread publicity about the disaster might make a federal judge wary of granting the owners the protection of the law. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "High-stakes legal battle looms in California boat fire that killed 34," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump drew fire from lawmakers, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, who expressed outrage over the idea of granting the Taliban the prestige of a meeting at the presidential retreat, especially so close to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump's plan to host Taliban at prestigious Camp David stirred bipartisan outrage," 9 Sep. 2019 Ogle says the plant was either largely unknown or taken for granted by Beaver Dam residents. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019 Today is #WomensEqualityDay, which commemorates the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920— granting women the right to vote. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Costume Designer Arianne Phillips Debuts Hollywood Social Advocacy Talk Series," 31 Aug. 2019 This is the movie’s way of granting Seberg some of the dignity she was denied in real life. Time, "Thailand: Kingdom of Opportunity," 30 Aug. 2019 Santa Maria Creek Greenway Chairman John Degenfelder discussed ways of continuing to reach out to property owners along the trail’s path to get their buy-in on granting easements. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Greenway advocates plan outreach activities," 22 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Luz is isolated by the others in the camp, desperate for the communal acceptance that Chester himself has largely taken for granted, if not altogether rejected. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Terror: Infamy turns America’s WWII internment camps into a bleak ghost story," 19 Aug. 2019 Pinnacle prepares for the Peoria Liberty game, which Zupke warns his team that this opponent should not be taken for granted. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their Luca and Micaela Nursery funds Butterfly Farms, along with donations and grants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas nonprofit is saving butterflies," 5 Sep. 2019 The center relies on grants and donations for funding, and Layden is hoping that the bike ride fundraiser will raise funds, friends and awareness so the center can be more effective. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Field hockey comes to Hinsdale (finallly)," 4 Sep. 2019 Urban University also receives donations and grants and saves money on rent through a gift from its landlord — the same landlord who owns the storefront allows the nonprofit to use the residential house rent-free. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Homeless single moms find refuge in this Oakland house," 1 Aug. 2019 Supported by grants and donations, their organization has turned three formerly abandoned houses on a quiet street in the city’s north side into transitional apartments. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "‘We’re old news, but we’re still living this’ — mistrust still flows in Flint," 30 July 2019 Other local government contracts make up 18%, grants and donations make up 18%, and fundraising events make up 3%. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center withdraws from Title X amid new federal regulations," 19 July 2019 Project Sanctuary is funded mostly by grants and donations. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Rural retreats offer traumatized veterans and their families time and therapy to heal," 16 July 2019 Ford estimates that the memorial would cost between $100,000 and $125,000 and his goal is to raise all the money needed in three years through fundraisers, donations and grants. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby veterans hold car show to help raise money for a memorial," 13 July 2019 With regards to paying for a community recreation center, the park district has pledged to seek grants and private donations, with no intent to increase property taxes. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Survey results show Oak Park resident satisfaction with park district, support for community rec center," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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