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[grant, grahnt] /grænt, grɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to bestow or confer, especially by a formal act:
to grant a charter.
to give or accord:
to grant permission.
to agree or accede to:
to grant a request.
to admit or concede; accept for the sake of argument:
I grant that point.
to transfer or convey, especially by deed or writing:
to grant property.
something granted, as a privilege or right, a sum of money, or a tract of land:
Several major foundations made large grants to fund the research project.
the act of granting.
Law. a transfer of property.
a geographical unit in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, originally a grant of land to a person or group of people.
take for granted,
  1. to accept without question or objection; assume:
    Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted.
  2. to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner:
    A marriage can be headed for trouble if either spouse begins to take the other for granted.
Origin of grant
1175-1225; Middle English gra(u)nten < Old French graunter, variant of crëanter < Vulgar Latin *credentāre, verbal derivative of Latin crēdent-, stem of crēdēns, present participle of crēdere to believe
Related forms
grantable, adjective
grantedly, adverb
granter, noun
regrant, verb (used with object), noun
supergrant, noun
ungrantable, adjective
1. award, vouchsafe. 2. See give. 6, 7. concession, bequest. 7. conveyance.
1, 2. receive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for granted
  • Such extensions are also part of a global trend in which aging plants have been granted longer lives.
  • The simplest way to measure a region's potential for innovation is to look at the number of patents granted to its residents.
  • As part of this agreement the south was granted a six-year period of autonomy to be followed by a referendum on final status.
  • As development of natural resources is weighed against environmental protection, dams can no longer be taken for granted.
  • Our hearts' dreams for this trip had been more than granted.
  • Or, in town hall language, he has granted an occupancy permit.
  • Community colleges do not take this sustained recognition and support for granted.
  • Her re-election to another four-year term was taken for granted.
  • The dinosaur also had large, forward-facing eyes that granted it keen vision for hunting, even at night.
  • These projects are finding that although conservationists' optimism is sometimes borne out, synergy can't be taken for granted.
British Dictionary definitions for granted


verb (transitive)
to consent to perform or fulfil: to grant a wish
(may take a clause as object) to permit as a favour, indulgence, etc: to grant an interview
(may take a clause as object) to acknowledge the validity of; concede: I grant what you say is true
to bestow, esp in a formal manner
to transfer (property) to another, esp by deed; convey
take for granted
  1. to accept or assume without question: one takes certain amenities for granted
  2. to fail to appreciate the value, merit, etc, of (a person)
a sum of money provided by a government, local authority, or public fund to finance educational study, overseas aid, building repairs, etc
a privilege, right, etc, that has been granted
the act of granting
a transfer of property by deed or other written instrument; conveyance
(US) a territorial unit in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, originally granted to an individual or organization
Derived Forms
grantable, adjective
granter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French graunter, from Vulgar Latin credentāre (unattested), from Latin crēdere to believe


Cary, real name Alexander Archibald Leach. 1904–86, US 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)
Duncan (James Corrowr). 1885–1978, British painter and designer
Ulysses S(impson), real name Hiram Ulysses Grant. 1822–85, 18th president of the US (1869–77); commander in chief of Union forces in the American Civil War (1864–65)
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Word Origin and History for granted



c.1200, "allowance, consent, permission," from Anglo-French graunter, from Old French granter, collateral variant of creanter "to promise, guarantee, confirm, authorize," from Latin credentem (nominative credens), present participle of credere "to believe, to trust" (see credo).


early 13c., "to allow, consent, permit," from Old French granter (see grant (n.)). Meaning "admit, acknowledge" is from c.1300; hence to take (something) for granted (1610s). Related: Granted; granting.

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