I. transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French granter, graanter, from Vulgar Latin *credentare, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to believe — more at creed
Date: 13th century
a. to consent to carry out for a person ; allow fulfillment of <grant a request> b. to permit as a right, privilege, or favor <luggage allowances granted to passengers> 2. to bestow or transfer formally <grant a scholarship to a student>; specifically to give the possession or title of by a deed 3. a. to be willing to concede b. to assume to be true <granting that you are correct, you may find it hard to prove your point> • grantable adjective • granter noun • grantor noun Synonyms: grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld <granted them a new hearing>. concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim <even her critics concede she can be charming>. vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension <vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples>. accord implies giving to another what is due or proper <accorded all the honors befitting a head of state>. award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors <awarded the company a huge defense contract>. II. noun Date: 13th century 1. the act of granting 2. something granted; especially a gift (as of land or money) for a particular purpose 3. a. a transfer of property by deed or writing b. the instrument by which such a transfer is made; also the property so transferred 4. a minor territorial division of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont originally granted by the state to an individual or institution
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.