Meaning of “grant” in the English Dictionary

"grant" in British English

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grantnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrɑːnt/ us /ɡrænt/

B1 an amount of money given especially by the government to a person or organization for a special purpose:

[ + to infinitive ] They gave/awarded her a grant to study abroad for one year.

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  • We got a government grant for setting up our business, but they clawed it all back again in taxes.
  • You might be eligible for a grant.
  • Please state why you wish to apply for this grant.
  • Students are able to take out loans to top up their grants.
  • The government is awarding small grants to single mothers who are starting their own businesses.

grantverb

uk /ɡrɑːnt/ us /ɡrænt/

grant verb (GIVE)

B2 [ T ] to give or allow someone something, usually in an official way:

[ + two objects ] They granted her an entry visa.
He was granted asylum.
formal She granted their request/wish.

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  • Judges only grant marriage annulments in exceptional circumstances.
  • The new government is to grant a free pardon to all political prisoners.
  • Because of a previous conviction, the judge refused to grant bail.
  • Management have granted a 10% pay rise in response to union pressure.
  • Planners are committed to developing the city's brownfield sites before granting permission to build on the rural outskirts.

grant verb (ACCEPT)

[ T + (that) ] to accept that something is true, often before expressing an opposite opinion:

I grant that it must have been upsetting but even so I think she overreacted.
I grant you (= it is true that), it's a difficult situation but I feel sure he could have handled it more sensitively.
take sth for granted

B2 to believe something to be the truth without even thinking about it:

I didn't realize that Melanie hadn't been to college - I suppose I just took it for granted.
take sth or sb for granted

B2 If you take situations or people for granted, you do not realize or show that you are grateful for how much you get from them:

One of the problems with relationships is that after a while you just take each other for granted.

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  • He refused to grant that miracles occur.
  • Many scientists are willing to grant that apes are able to develop linguistic skills.
  • She refuses to grant the possibility that she might be wrong.
  • He granted that there would be no way of ever knowing the full facts.
  • The article grants that not all of its claims can be verified.
granted
conjunction uk /ˈɡrɑːn.tɪd/ us /ˈɡræn.t̬ɪd/

used to mean "because":

Granted (that) the story's true, there's not a lot you can do about it.

(Definition of “grant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grant" in American English

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grantverb [ T ]

us /ɡrænt/

grant verb [ T ] (GIVE)

to give, agree to give, or do something that another person has asked for, esp. as an official or formal act:

She was granted American citizenship.

grant verb [ T ] (ACCEPT)

to accept that something is true, often before expressing an opposite or disapproving opinion:

[ + (that) clause ] I grant you (that) it must have been upsetting, but even so I think he made too big a deal of it.

grantnoun [ C ]

us /ɡrænt/

grant noun [ C ] (MONEY)

a sum of money given by the government, a university, or a private organization to another organization or person for a special purpose:

a research/study grant

(Definition of “grant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grant" in Business English

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grantnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrɑːnt/ us

GOVERNMENT, FINANCE an amount of money that is given to a person or an organization for a special purpose, especially by a government:

a grant from sb/sth The research laboratory was set up with a grant from the Department of Health.
a grant for sth The company received a $10,000 grant for software development.
award/give sb a grant They were awarded a grant for stem cell research.
get/be given/receive a grant
be eligible for/qualify for a grant
You can apply for a grant to upgrade your IT systems.
a research/study grant
a grant application

grantverb [ T ]

uk /ɡrɑːnt/ us

LAW, FINANCE to legally or officially give or allow something:

grant permission to do sth Only the city council can grant permisssion to build on that site.
grant sth to sb/grant sb sth The authorities have granted special licenses to companies who are pioneering communications technology.
grant sb access/rights The draft agreement will grant the airline several other new rights within Europe.
grant sb a loan/mortgage
grant a licence/patent
grant sb citizenship/a visa/asylum

(Definition of “grant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)