Definition of grant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrant/


[with two objects]
1Agree to give or allow (something requested) to: a letter granting them permission to smoke
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  • When asked for permission to reproduce a work she granted the request and refused payment.
  • Accordingly, whether to grant a relocation request is not a decision courts make lightly.
  • Near the end of the first semester, I requested and was granted permission to open a school store.
allow, accord, permit, afford, vouchsafe
1.1Give (a right, power, property, etc.) formally or legally to: the amendment that granted women the right to vote
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  • However, Article 10 does not in itself grant a right of asylum or a right for an alien to stay in a given country.
  • Can powers granted by an enabling Act only be enlarged or modified by express words of authorisation?
  • The court ruled that international law does not grant the right of individuals to seek war damages from a state.
give, award, bestow on, confer on, present with, provide with, endow with, supply with
2Agree or admit to (someone) that (something) is true: he hasn’t made much progress, I’ll grant you that
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  • 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.
  • I did have time to think ‘oh no’ (very useful, I grant you) and turn to follow her progress.
  • Especially since it's true (only an added benefit these days, I grant you.)
admit, accept, concede, yield, allow, appreciate, recognize, acknowledge, confess;


1A sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, for a particular purpose.
Example sentences
  • The money is used for small grants to deserving organizations and individuals.
  • 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.
endowment, subvention, award, donation, bursary, allowance, subsidy, contribution, handout, allocation, gift;
1.1 formal The action of granting something: we had to recommend the grant or refusal of broadcasting licenses
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  • This would, therefore, keep issues such as grant of visas and immigration policies very much alive in the days to come.
  • 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.
  • By the late Sixties, corruption spread to more areas of administration, particularly large projects and grant of permits, licences and quotas.
1.2 Law A legal conveyance or formal conferment: a grant of land a grant of probate
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  • The most sought-after expression of patronage was a grant of land, conferring both wealth and status.
  • 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.
2A geographical subdivision in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.


take for granted

1Fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity: the comforts that people take for granted she took him for granted
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  • The right to own land and other property is taken for granted in many countries.
  • Everything ran smoothly for the next two months, but I guess I took things for granted.
  • I know I took you for granted, expecting you always to be around when that's not possible.
(take something for granted)
2Assume that something is true without questioning it: those companies challenged beliefs that everyone else took for granted George had taken it for granted that they’d get married
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  • 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?
  • They take the void for granted and don't expect the day when it will fill up with romance, or children, or whatever.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡran(t)əb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Capital punishment was legal in Ireland until only a few weeks ago and it was grantable if you killed a member of the Gardai (the police force in Ireland).
  • You should be able to develop most applications with just the user grantable capabilities.
  • Actions you can do on the person view - granting, editing, or revoking - are limited by the amount of grantable authority you have.


Example sentences
  • It's no secret that credit granters are a big part of the problem in identity theft and credit scams.
  • It sounds all too much like the previous case, with the council using its powers as landowner and granter of planning permission to try to force through highly unpopular schemes.
  • The authority of the UN and the key position of the Security Council as the generator of mandates, the overseer of security maintenance operations, and the granter of legitimacy, was defended.


Middle English: from Old French granter 'consent to support', variant of creanter 'to guarantee', based on Latin credere 'entrust'.

Words that rhyme with grant

aren't, aslant, aunt, can't, chant, courante, détente, enchant, entente, implant, Nantes, plant, shan't, slant, supplant, transplant, underplant

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