[grant, grahnt]
  1. CaryArchibald 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.
  3. Ulysses S(impson)1822–85, 18th president of the U.S. 1869–77: Union general in the Civil War.
  4. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “large, great.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ulysses s grant


verb (tr)
  1. to consent to perform or fulfilto grant a wish
  2. (may take a clause as object) to permit as a favour, indulgence, etcto grant an interview
  3. (may take a clause as object) to acknowledge the validity of; concedeI grant what you say is true
  4. to bestow, esp in a formal manner
  5. to transfer (property) to another, esp by deed; convey
  6. 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)
  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
  3. the act of granting
  4. a transfer of property by deed or other written instrument; conveyance
  5. 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


  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
  3. 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 ulysses s grant



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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