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as in subsidy
a sum of money allotted for a specific use by official or formal action applied for a federal grant to restore the church, one of the oldest and most architecturally significant in the state

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How does the verb grant contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of grant are accord, award, concede, and vouchsafe. While all these words 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

Where would accord be a reasonable alternative to grant?

The words accord and grant are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, accord implies giving to another what is due or proper.

accorded all the honors befitting a head of state

When might award be a better fit than grant?

While in some cases nearly identical to grant, award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors.

awarded the company a huge defense contract

When can concede be used instead of grant?

The synonyms concede and grant are sometimes interchangeable, but concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim.

even her critics concede she can be charming

In what contexts can vouchsafe take the place of grant?

Although the words vouchsafe and grant have much in common, vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension.

vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples

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“Grant.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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