1 to consent to perform or fulfil
to grant a wish
2 may take a clause as object to permit as a favour, indulgence, etc.
to grant an interview
3 may take a clause as object to acknowledge the validity of; concede
I grant what you say is true
4 to bestow, esp. in a formal manner
5 to transfer (property) to another, esp. by deed; convey
a to accept or assume without question
one takes certain amenities for granted
b to fail to appreciate the value, merit, etc., of (a person)
7 a sum of money provided by a government, local authority, or public fund to finance educational study, overseas aid, building repairs, etc.
8 a privilege, right, etc., that has been granted
10 a transfer of property by deed or other written instrument; conveyance
11 (U.S.) a territorial unit in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, originally granted to an individual or organization (C13: from Old French graunter, from Vulgar Latin credentare (unattested), from Latin credere to believe)
n (in Britain) an annual grant made by the government to a local authority to help to pay for the public services it provides, such as health, education, and housing
n (in the British National Insurance scheme) a grant payable to a relative, executor, etc., after the death of a person
n (in Britain, formerly) a school financed by endowment, fees, and a state grant conditional upon admittance of a percentage of nonpaying pupils nominated by the local education authority
1 Cary, real name Alexander Archibald Leach. 1904--86, U.S. film actor, born in England. His many films include Bringing up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), and Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
2 Duncan (James Corrowr). 1885--1978, British painter and designer
3 Ulysses S(impson), real name Hiram Ulysses Grant. 1822--85, 18th president of the U.S. (1869--77); commander in chief of Union forces in the American Civil War (1864--65)
n pl , grants-in-aid
1 a sum of money granted by one government to a lower level of government or to a dependency for a programme, etc.
2 (Education) a grant provided by the central government or local education authority to ensure consistent standards in buildings and other facilities
adj grant maintained when postpostive (of schools or educational institutions) funded directly by central government
grant of probate
n (Law) an instrument authorizing an executor to control and dispose of a deceased person's estate if a will has been made
1 (U.S. and Canadian) a grant of public land to a college, railway, etc.
2 modifier (U.S.) designating a state university established with such a grant