granted; granting; grants

You can grant anything from a permanent restraining order to a request for time off, or, if you’re a genie, seven wishes. When you grant something you are letting someone have or do something that they are asking for.

When you grant something, you’re typically fulfilling a request that is not an automatic entitlement. For example, if you order a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce in a restaurant, when the meal arrives, you wouldn’t say that the chef has been kind enough to grant you the meal; it’s an order that’s been fulfilled. If you ask the chef to make it a vegan dish that doesn’t include chicken stock, however, then you’re making a request that it’s up to the chef to grant — or not.

Definitions of grant
  1. verb
    let have
    grant permission”
    synonyms: allow
    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
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    deny, refuse
    refuse to let have
    abnegate, deny
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
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    grant in a condescending manner
    put on a fixed allowance, as of food
    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    allow to have
    grant a privilege”
    synonyms: accord, allot
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    accord by verdict
    grant voting rights
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  3. verb
    bestow, especially officially
    grant a degree”
    “This bill grants us new rights”
    synonyms: give
  4. verb
    transfer by deed
    grant land”
    synonyms: deed over
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    gift, give, present
    give as a present; make a gift of
  5. verb
    give as judged due or on the basis of merit
    “Funds are granted to qualified researchers”
    synonyms: award
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    pension, pension off
    grant a pension to
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    cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
  6. verb
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
    synonyms: cede, concede, yield
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    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  7. noun
    the act of providing a subsidy
    synonyms: subsidisation, subsidization
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    award, awarding
    a grant made by a law court
    block grant
    a grant of federal money to state and local governments to support social welfare programs
    a grant from a central government to a local government
    (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master
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    allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
  8. noun
    any monetary aid
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    a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public
    a grant to a person or school for some educational project
    grant of financial aid as from a government to an educational institution
    price support
    a government subsidy used to maintain prices at a certain level
    post doc, postdoc, postdoctoral
    a grant that funds postdoctoral study or research
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    aid, economic aid, financial aid
    money to support a worthy person or cause
  9. noun
    (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
    synonyms: assignment
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    apanage, appanage
    a grant (by a sovereign or a legislative body) of resources to maintain a dependent member of a ruling family
    land grant
    a grant of public land (as to a railway or college)
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    transferred possession, transferred property
    a possession whose ownership changes or lapses
  10. noun
    a contract granting the right to operate a subsidiary business
    synonyms: concession
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    an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
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    a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  11. noun
    a right or privilege that has been granted
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    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  12. verb
    be willing to concede
    “I grant you this much”
    synonyms: concede, yield
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    stop blaming or grant forgiveness
    condone, excuse
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    absolve, free, justify
    let off the hook
    absolve, shrive
    grant remission of a sin to
    grant a pardon to
    excuse, pardon
    accept an excuse for
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
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