Definition of grant in English:



  • 1usually with two objects Agree to give or allow (something requested) to.

    ‘they were granted a meeting’
    ‘her request was granted’
    • ‘The judge granted his request to testify behind a screen.’
    • ‘‘Bulgaria has already granted Germany's request,’ he said, adding no further requests are expected.’
    • ‘His request was granted - but then overturned when legal chiefs in London intervened, ruling it was not a legitimate excuse.’
    • ‘Naturally, I did not read between the lines of her letter, and did not detect the threatening undertone of what would happen if her request was not granted.’
    • ‘A circus could be part of this year's Stromness Shopping Week, after councillors agreed to grant permission to allow a visiting circus to set up on OIC land.’
    • ‘It granted the officers' request for a warrant, but didn't specifically say that they could search occupants of the house other than the drug dealer.’
    • ‘A spokesman says he must appear, that there's been no request or permission granted excusing his presence.’
    • ‘He's finally come to the conclusion that he's granting her last request.’
    • ‘Near the end of the first semester, I requested and was granted permission to open a school store.’
    • ‘Her request was granted, although the hospital doesn't usually acquiesce to such appeals.’
    • ‘He eventually ruled he couldn't grant the request for an injunction because he would then be deciding the question of rights without hearing full evidence and argument.’
    • ‘The Act seems to apply where the bank has agreed to grant the customer an overdraft but has not finalized details of the arrangement.’
    • ‘If you grant the request, put the arrangements in writing.’
    • ‘I do hope the lady's request is granted, but we on this estate seem to be banging our heads against a brick wall as no-one is listening to us, or if they are, they are just ignoring us.’
    • ‘A month ago I would have gladly granted your request.’
    • ‘Now Defra has announced that the Government will keep the rural exceptions policy, allowing local councils to grant planning permission for affordable homes.’
    • ‘Accordingly, whether to grant a relocation request is not a decision courts make lightly.’
    • ‘The grateful czar told the soldier that he would reward him by granting any request he made.’
    • ‘The memo does not indicate the nature of the search, whether Justice ever asked the court and - if so - whether the court granted the request.’
    • ‘When asked for permission to reproduce a work she granted the request and refused payment.’
    allow, accord, permit, afford, concede, vouchsafe
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    1. 1.1 Give (a right, power, property, etc.) formally or legally to.
      ‘they will grant you asylum’
      • ‘Thus, Massachusetts will now take the lead among states as the only one to grant the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples.’
      • ‘I conclude that, notwithstanding the use of the word private to describe the Order route, unrestricted public rights of way including vehicular rights were undoubtedly granted.’
      • ‘Thus in some countries, we have been able to craft the license to give the author the power to grant both copyrights and moral rights.’
      • ‘The court ruled that international law does not grant the right of individuals to seek war damages from a state.’
      • ‘Now under Victorian law, there is a specific power granted by parliament to enable police to engage in criminal activity for drug investigations.’
      • ‘The usual understanding of Reed is that it applies to require the State that grants immigration rights to unmarried partners of its own nationals to grant such rights to migrant workers too.’
      • ‘I have already mentioned the power to grant bail.’
      • ‘However, Article 10 does not in itself grant a right of asylum or a right for an alien to stay in a given country.’
      • ‘Rather than grant rights of asylum, the report A New Vision for Refugees proposes a range of ‘protected areas’ near or in the refugees' country of origin, where they can be held.’
      • ‘It has been a sovereign entity and has enjoyed this situation for years under the rights granted by international law.’
      • ‘If the Secretary of State decides to grant a right of retention he shall issue to the grantee a retention document.’
      • ‘However, the preferred option is to grant a power of attorney.’
      • ‘Even though they might appear to be enquiring into the validity or scope of an intellectual property right granted by a foreign sovereign.’
      • ‘Can powers granted by an enabling Act only be enlarged or modified by express words of authorisation?’
      • ‘So why, then, do we grant intellectual property rights?’
      • ‘A by-law is a kind of municipal statute - it is municipal legislation within the powers granted by the provincial Legislature.’
      • ‘Property owners must also grant right of access to Revenue officials to an approved building to monitor compliance with the reasonable access requirements.’
      • ‘Similarly, we would say, a common law lease grants a right of exclusive possession because that is what a common law lease does.’
      • ‘A patent grants the exclusive rights to sell a drug for 17 years.’
      • ‘What cannot be ignored is why property rights are granted - what social functions they serve.’
      bestow on, confer on, give, impart to, present with
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  • 2usually with two objects Agree or admit to (someone) that (something) is true.

    ‘he hasn't made much progress, I'll grant you that’
    • ‘Especially since it's true (only an added benefit these days, I grant you.)’
    • ‘I did have time to think ‘oh no’ (very useful, I grant you) and turn to follow her progress.’
    • ‘Okay, that may be true Simon granted him, but he might be gay and he thought that London was an extraordinary example of feminine beauty.’
    • ‘It's true, I'll grant you, that we are the party of the family - in an entirely inclusive, compassionate sort of way, naturally - and mean to stay that way.’
    admit, accept, concede, yield, cede, allow, appreciate, recognize, acknowledge, confess
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  • 1A sum of money given by a government or other organization for a particular purpose.

    ‘a research grant’
    • ‘AMERICAN FORESTS is raising money to provide tree-planting grants to organizations in the Chicago area.’
    • ‘The association records any research grants or contracts money that council members have received in a financial year.’
    • ‘A two-tier system is already in place in terms of the allocation of existing research grants and that will only be exacerbated if and when greater resources become available.’
    • ‘If all they are going to do is cream off money from research grants in Europe, we would not want to see that happen.’
    • ‘The 18 per cent grant set aside in the budget will be used appropriately for this purpose.’
    • ‘The money will enable Essex Police to use the main grant for its intended purpose - crime prevention.’
    • ‘Twenty-one arts projects in the Yorkshire and Humber region got the go-ahead with the announcement of a new round of grants from Lottery money yesterday.’
    • ‘The appointee will be responsible for raking in as much money as possible from grants, bids, special policing services and sponsorship.’
    • ‘The World Bank, founded in 1944, lends money and makes grants to developing countries around the world.’
    • ‘If a grant is awarded the money will go towards research and a feasibility study for the larger project of copying and moving the stones.’
    • ‘All farmers, landowners and parish councils in the National Park can apply for grants from the money which has come through Yorkshire and Humber Regional Development Agency.’
    • ‘If the pools are closed, will the council promise to redirect the money saved to grants to help clubs and support other well-organised projects that promote sports participation?’
    • ‘Ever since the withdrawal of the government's local authority social housing grant, the district council has been looking at ways of financing development of affordable housing in the district.’
    • ‘She argued that students from lower income families would get grants and bursaries and, in effect, money from well-off students would be directed to help them.’
    • ‘The money is used for small grants to deserving organizations and individuals.’
    • ‘The first part of the initiative sought to make it easier for religious organizations to get government grants to provide social services.’
    • ‘Students who place in the top 20 percent of their class are sought after by schools and often eligible for free money - scholarships and grants.’
    • ‘Local government is hardly local at all, in that most of its functions involve hitting targets set by central government, while most of its money comes in grants from the centre, rather than locally raised council tax.’
    • ‘The council now has to raise £6.7m, with the remaining money coming from smaller grants and sponsorship.’
    • ‘He said: ‘They have raised half of their money with grants and if we do half as well as them we'll be fine.’’
    endowment, subvention, award, donation, bursary, contribution, allowance, subsidy, handout, allocation, allotment, gift, present
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    1. 1.1formal mass noun The action of granting something.
      ‘we had to recommend the grant or refusal of broadcasting licences’
      • ‘In their dissenting note both the members had stated that the committee did not have the power to go into the question of grant or refusal of minority statues to anyone.’
      • ‘Accordingly he argued that the Council should have sought judicial review of the grant of listed building consent in 1993.’
      • ‘It held that the merits of the case did not justify the grant of legal aid.’
      • ‘A similar inference can be drawn from the lack of any sustained increase in the grant of legal aid certificates in respect of clinical negligence and the value of bills paid in this area.’
      • ‘This would, therefore, keep issues such as grant of visas and immigration policies very much alive in the days to come.’
      • ‘By the late Sixties, corruption spread to more areas of administration, particularly large projects and grant of permits, licences and quotas.’
      allocation, allotment, issuing, issuance, awarding, granting, administration, earmarking, designation, setting aside, budgeting
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    2. 1.2Law A legal conveyance or formal conferment.
      ‘a grant of probate’
      • ‘Mr Chitolie seeks revocation of a grant of probate to his brothers of his sister's will.’
      • ‘The estate as of the death, whatever it was, if any, passes to the executor from the will not on the grant of probate, of course.’
      • ‘But it is to the discretion of the bank/building society that hold the assets whether or not they require to see the legal document called a grant of Probate or Letters of administration.’
      • ‘She continued to draw income support after her mother's death and after the grant of probate to her mother's will of which she was an executrix as well as a beneficiary.’
      • ‘The most sought-after expression of patronage was a grant of land, conferring both wealth and status.’


  • take for granted

    • 1Fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity.

      ‘the comforts that people take for granted’
      • ‘You don't take things for granted, you accept what you have, and you're aware, well, you are only human in the end, no matter if you're rich or you're poor, everyone's the same.’
      • ‘I have found that people in developing countries do not take their medical care for granted and really appreciate the care that we give to their children.’
      • ‘Everything ran smoothly for the next two months, but I guess I took things for granted.’
      • ‘The average citizen fails to appreciate civil liberties precisely because in this country they can be taken for granted.’
      • ‘In reality, he's showing all the signs of taking our success for granted and assuming it will go on forever…’
      • ‘The problem with being an All-Star is that good performances are taken for granted and people expect more.’
      • ‘I know I took you for granted, expecting you always to be around when that's not possible.’
      • ‘We believe teachers have been taken for granted for too long.’
      • ‘The right to own land and other property is taken for granted in many countries.’
      • ‘Their wives have become spoiled, take their efforts for granted and have unrealistic expectations.’
    • 2Assume that something is true without questioning it.

      ‘George had taken it for granted that they'd get married’
      • ‘Bean's profound understanding of the work can be taken for granted; his fiery brilliance is evident at the start of the finale.’
      • ‘They take the void for granted and don't expect the day when it will fill up with romance, or children, or whatever.’
      • ‘The conclusions of the Qur'an are not taken for granted but verified through observation of the world.’
      • ‘To take these issues for granted, to simply accept knowledge structures as they are presented to you, is to avoid critical thinking.’
      • ‘If it is taken for granted that material comfort is all that our elderly parents hope for, where then can we draw the line of demarcation between our attitudes toward pet animals and our parents, who begot, gave birth to and raised us?’
      assume, presume, suppose, take it, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean
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Middle English: from Old French granter ‘consent to support’, variant of creanter ‘to guarantee’, based on Latin credere ‘entrust’.