Meaning of “grant” in the English Dictionary

"grant" in English

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grantnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrɑːnt/ us /ɡrænt/


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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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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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)

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Let me give you an example which requires no further comment: the ridiculous example of shipping registers and the way in which they operate and grant or withhold recognition.
I grant you that.
The applications we are receiving for projects connected with education and culture in the broad sense are at least 50% more than we are able to grant.
I receive regular complaints from constituents who have made genuine, innocent mistakes in their application or claim form resulting in the refusal of a grant.
We have no right to grant discharge.
I am delighted to see this proposal to grant the same conditions to the athletes taking part in the 2006 winter olympics and the paralympics.
We shall therefore grant the discharge.
Nobody should have to tolerate competitors on their infrastructure that refuse or are unable to grant the same access at home.
I will not grant approval until these instances of fraud have been resolved, the perpetrators penalised and the money concerned paid back.
However, in our opinion, it is better to grant approval now and to tighten the rules in two years' time, should this prove useful and necessary.