land grant


: a grant of land made by the government especially for roads, railroads, or agricultural colleges

Examples of land grant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since no one was willing to bet on a newfangled technology on what was then the American frontier, the railroad remained a dream until it was rescued by U.S. Sen. Stephen Douglas in 1849, who got a federal land grant for a railroad, the first ever. Andrew Johnston, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2024 Best to look for land grant university research reports rather than somebody’s brother-in-law’s cousin who’s got a big following on his bottle cap-collecting podcast! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 5 July 2024 Mary seems to receive her land grant, then lose it, then return to Mudd, then turn on Mudd in the course of a couple of days. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2024 Idaho’s land grant university in Moscow had planned to purchase the University of Phoenix through a nonprofit corporation, Four Three Education. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for land grant 

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of land grant was in 1862

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“Land grant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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