Definition of grant in English:


Pronunciation /ɡrant/ /ɡrænt/

See synonyms for grant

Translate grant into Spanish


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

    ‘a letter granting them permission to smoke’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A spokesman says he must appear, that there's been no request or permission granted excusing his presence.’
    • ‘The Act seems to apply where the bank has agreed to grant the customer an overdraft but has not finalized details of the arrangement.’
    • ‘The judge granted his request to testify behind a screen.’
    • ‘If you grant the request, put the arrangements in writing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A month ago I would have gladly granted your request.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Bulgaria has already granted Germany's request,’ he said, adding no further requests are expected.’
    • ‘Now Defra has announced that the Government will keep the rural exceptions policy, allowing local councils to grant planning permission for affordable homes.’
    • ‘Her request was granted, although the hospital doesn't usually acquiesce to such appeals.’
    • ‘His request was granted - but then overturned when legal chiefs in London intervened, ruling it was not a legitimate excuse.’
    • ‘He's finally come to the conclusion that he's granting her last request.’
    • ‘The grateful czar told the soldier that he would reward him by granting any request he made.’
    allow, accord, permit, afford, concede, vouchsafe
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Give (a right, power, property, etc.) formally or legally to.
      ‘the amendment that granted women the right to vote’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What cannot be ignored is why property rights are granted - what social functions they serve.’
      • ‘It has been a sovereign entity and has enjoyed this situation for years under the rights granted by international law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Similarly, we would say, a common law lease grants a right of exclusive possession because that is what a common law lease does.’
      • ‘Thus, Massachusetts will now take the lead among states as the only one to grant the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A patent grants the exclusive rights to sell a drug for 17 years.’
      • ‘So why, then, do we grant intellectual property rights?’
      • ‘Now under Victorian law, there is a specific power granted by parliament to enable police to engage in criminal activity for drug investigations.’
      • ‘A by-law is a kind of municipal statute - it is municipal legislation within the powers granted by the provincial Legislature.’
      • ‘I have already mentioned the power to grant bail.’
      • ‘Property owners must also grant right of access to Revenue officials to an approved building to monitor compliance with the reasonable access requirements.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘If the Secretary of State decides to grant a right of retention he shall issue to the grantee a retention document.’
      • ‘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.’
      bestow on, confer on, give, impart to, present with
      View synonyms
  • 2Agree or admit to (someone) that (something) is true.

    ‘he hasn't made much progress, I'll grant you that’
    • ‘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.)’
    • ‘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
    View synonyms


  • 1A sum of money given by a government or other organization for a particular purpose.

    • ‘a research grant’
    endowment, subvention, award, donation, bursary, contribution, allowance, subsidy, handout, allocation, allotment, gift, present
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1formal The action of granting something.
      • ‘we had to recommend the grant or refusal of broadcasting licences’
      allocation, allotment, issuing, issuance, awarding, grant, granting, administration, earmarking, designation, setting aside, budgeting
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2Law A legal conveyance or formal conferment.
      ‘a grant of probate’
      • ‘a grant of land’


    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem with being an All-Star is that good performances are taken for granted and people expect more.’
      • ‘Their wives have become spoiled, take their efforts for granted and have unrealistic expectations.’
      • ‘The average citizen fails to appreciate civil liberties precisely because in this country they can be taken for granted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In reality, he's showing all the signs of taking our success for granted and assuming it will go on forever…’
      • ‘We believe teachers have been taken for granted for too long.’
    • 2take something for grantedAssume 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The conclusions of the Qur'an are not taken for granted but verified through observation of the world.’
      • ‘Bean's profound understanding of the work can be taken for granted; his fiery brilliance is evident at the start of the finale.’


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