[ grant, grahnt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bestow or confer, especially by a formal act: to grant a charter.

  2. to give or accord: to grant permission.

  1. to agree or accede to: to grant a request.

  2. to admit or concede; accept for the sake of argument: I grant that point.

  3. to transfer or convey, especially by deed or writing: to grant property.

  1. something granted, as a privilege or right, a sum of money, or a tract of land: Several major foundations made large grants to fund the research project.

  2. the act of granting.

  1. Law. a transfer of property.

  2. a geographical unit in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, originally a grant of land to a person or group of people.

Idioms about grant

  1. take for granted,

    • to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted.

    • to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner: A marriage can be headed for trouble if either spouse begins to take the other for granted.

Origin of grant

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English gra(u)nten, from Old French graunter, variant of crëanter, from Vulgar Latin credentāre (unrecorded), derivative of Latin crēdent-, stem of crēdēns “believing,” present participle of crēdere “to believe, entrust”; cf. credible

synonym study For grant

2. See give.

Other words for grant

Opposites for grant

Other words from grant

  • grant·a·ble, adjective
  • grant·ed·ly, adverb
  • granter, noun
  • re·grant, verb (used with object), noun
  • su·per·grant, noun
  • un·grant·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby grant

Other definitions for Grant (2 of 2)

[ grant, grahnt ]

  1. Cary Archibald Leach, 1904–86, U.S. actor, born in England.

  2. He·ber Jed·e·di·ah [hee-ber jed-i-dahy-uh], /ˈhi bər ˌdʒɛd ɪˈdaɪ ə/, 1856–1945, U.S. president of the Mormon Church 1918–45.

  1. Ulysses S(impson) 1822–85, 18th president of the U.S. 1869–77: Union general in the Civil War.

  2. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “large, great.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grant (1 of 2)


/ (ɡrɑːnt) /

  1. to consent to perform or fulfil: to grant a wish

  2. (may take a clause as object) to permit as a favour, indulgence, etc: to grant an interview

  1. (may take a clause as object) to acknowledge the validity of; concede: I grant what you say is true

  2. to bestow, esp in a formal manner

  3. to transfer (property) to another, esp by deed; convey

  4. take for granted

    • to accept or assume without question: one takes certain amenities for granted

    • to fail to appreciate the value, merit, etc, of (a person)

  1. a sum of money provided by a government, local authority, or public fund to finance educational study, overseas aid, building repairs, etc

  2. a privilege, right, etc, that has been granted

  1. the act of granting

  2. a transfer of property by deed or other written instrument; conveyance

  3. US a territorial unit in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, originally granted to an individual or organization

Origin of grant

C13: from Old French graunter, from Vulgar Latin credentāre (unattested), from Latin crēdere to believe

Derived forms of grant

  • grantable, adjective
  • granter, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Grant (2 of 2)


/ (ɡrɑːnt) /

  1. Cary, real name Alexander Archibald Leach. 1904–86, US film actor, born in England. His many films include Bringing up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), and Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)

  2. Duncan (James Corrowr). 1885–1978, British painter and designer

  1. Ulysses S (impson), real name Hiram Ulysses Grant. 1822–85, 18th president of the US (1869–77); commander in chief of Union forces in the American Civil War (1864–65)

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