grant

1 of 2

verb

granted; granting; grants

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
grantable adjective
granter noun
grantor noun

see also take for granted

grant

2 of 2

noun

1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted
especially : a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose
3
a
: 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
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

Example Sentences

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
Eshoo and Lofgren said they have long been opposed to gambling and would not support legislation that would grant gaming rights to the tribe. Shira Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Jan. 2023 If push comes to shove and the House Ethics Committee finds Santos is guilty of more serious violations, Speaker McCarthy and the GOP will likely consider taking away any privileges that grant him power within the House. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 12 Jan. 2023 Hackers frequently use phishing emails to trick users into clicking links and opening malware programs that could grant them access to corporate systems. Belle Lin, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2023 Missouri and Indiana are the only states that grant that power to a judge. Katie Moore The Kansas City Star (tns), al, 3 Jan. 2023 In addition, the chamber passed a bill that would grant rail workers seven sick days each year, an increase from one sick day afforded under the tentative agreement. Max Zahn, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2022 City lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday on a deal that could grant as much as half a million dollars every year for the next three decades to the developer behind the Founders Row project. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2022 Voters in the November election will have their say on a controversial Massachusetts law passed in June that would grant driver’s licenses to residents without legal immigration status, officials said Friday. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 Westerman’s defense team asked the intermediate state appellate court, previously known as the Court of Special Appeals, to overturn the lower court’s judgment and to grant a new trial on four of the original eight charges. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2023
Noun
The fire chief said the grant, split over two years, pays for the new firefighters’ salary and pension. John Benson, cleveland, 25 Jan. 2023 Stamford’s grant, which is much smaller, will help provide data to support air pollution mitigation strategies, also focused on marginalized residents. Jan Ellen Spiegel, Hartford Courant, 22 Jan. 2023 The chamber concert series is supported by sponsors, a grant from the RB Community Foundation, and attendee donations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 The grant, which is now 86.3 million pounds ($106.4 million) a year, is calculated as a percentage of the profits generated by the estate, lucrative real estate holdings that are owned by the king by virtue of his role as monarch. Danica Kirka, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2023 The largest grant — $40,000 — went to Arizona Food Bank Network. AZCentral.com, 8 Jan. 2023 Funding for the research is coming from a two-year, $420,750 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Garrett Moore, Arkansas Online, 8 Jan. 2023 The nonprofit received the largest possible grant, of $100,000. Taima Kern, Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2023 Winning Home, a private, nonprofit charitable organization, awarded a three-year, $60,000 grant ($20,000 per year over three years) to the Woburn Community Education Foundation, which in turn donated the money to the school district. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grant was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near grant

Cite this Entry

“Grant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grant. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

grant

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to consent to : permit
grant your request
b
: to permit as a right, privilege, or favor
granted them a day off for volunteer work
2
: to give the possession or benefit of formally or legally
the king granted land to the settlers
3
: to admit something not yet proved to be true
granted you are right, you must still pay for the damage
granter noun

grant

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted: as
a
: a gift (as of money or land) for a particular purpose
a research grant
b
: an area of land granted by a government

Legal Definition

grant

1 of 2 transitive verb
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

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act of granting
2
: something granted
especially : a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose
3
a
: a transfer of property by deed or writing
b
: the instrument by which such a transfer is made
also : the property so transferred

Biographical Definition

Grant 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

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

Grant

2 of 2

biographical name (2)

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

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