American English

Definition of grant verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grant
    he / she / it grants
    past simple granted
    -ing form granting
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  1. 1[often passive] to agree to give someone what they ask for, especially formal or legal permission to do something grant something My request was granted. grant somebody something I was granted permission to visit the palace. She was granted a divorce. He was granted a license to hunt in the area. The bank finally granted me a $500 loan. grant something to somebody/something The bank finally granted a $500 loan to me. These lands had been granted to the family in perpetuity.
  2. 2to admit that something is true, although you may not like or agree with it grant somebody She's a smart woman, I grant you, but she's no genius. grant (somebody) (that)… I grant you (that) it looks good, but it's not exactly practical.
  3. Idioms
    take somebody/something for granted
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    to be so used to someone or something that you do not recognize their true value anymore and do not show that you are grateful Her husband was always there and she just took him for granted. We take having an endless supply of clean water for granted.
    take it for granted (that…)
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    to believe something is true without first making sure that it is I just took it for granted that he'd always be around. She seemed to take it for granted that I would go with her to New York.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grant