[grant, grahnt]

verb (used with object)



    take for granted,
    1. to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted.
    2. 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

1175–1225; Middle English gra(u)nten < Old French graunter, variant of crëanter < Vulgar Latin *credentāre, verbal derivative of Latin crēdent-, stem of crēdēns, present participle of crēdere to believe
Related formsgrant·a·ble, adjectivegrant·ed·ly, adverbgrant·er, nounre·grant, verb (used with object), nounsu·per·grant, nounun·grant·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for grant

Synonym study

2. See give.

Antonyms for grant

1, 2. receive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for granter

banker, bank, backer, pawnbroker, moneylender, pawnshop, usurer, Shylock

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British Dictionary definitions for granter


verb (tr)

to consent to perform or fulfilto grant a wish
(may take a clause as object) to permit as a favour, indulgence, etcto grant an interview
(may take a clause as object) to acknowledge the validity of; concedeI grant what you say is true
to bestow, esp in a formal manner
to transfer (property) to another, esp by deed; convey
take for granted
  1. to accept or assume without questionone takes certain amenities for granted
  2. to fail to appreciate the value, merit, etc, of (a person)


a sum of money provided by a government, local authority, or public fund to finance educational study, overseas aid, building repairs, etc
a privilege, right, etc, that has been granted
the act of granting
a transfer of property by deed or other written instrument; conveyance
US a territorial unit in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, originally granted to an individual or organization
Derived Formsgrantable, adjectivegranter, noun

Word Origin for grant

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



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)
Duncan (James Corrowr). 1885–1978, British painter and designer
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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Word Origin and History for granter



c.1200, "allowance, consent, permission," from Anglo-French graunter, from Old French granter, collateral variant of creanter "to promise, guarantee, confirm, authorize," from Latin credentem (nominative credens), present participle of credere "to believe, to trust" (see credo).



early 13c., "to allow, consent, permit," from Old French granter (see grant (n.)). Meaning "admit, acknowledge" is from c.1300; hence to take (something) for granted (1610s). Related: Granted; granting.

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