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grant (grănt)
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tr.v. grant·ed, grant·ing, grants
1. To allow or consent to the fulfillment of (something requested): grant permission to speak frankly; grant a request.
2.
a. To give or confer officially or formally: grant voting rights to citizens; grant diplomatic immunity.
b. To transfer (property) by a deed.
3. To concede; acknowledge: I grant that your plan is ingenious, but you still will not find many backers.
n.
1. The act of granting.
2.
a. Something granted, especially a giving of funds for a specific purpose: federal grants for medical research.
b. The document or provision in a document by which a grant is made.
3. One of several tracts of land in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont originally granted to an individual or a group.

[Middle English granten, from Old French granter, variant of creanter, from Vulgar Latin *crēdentāre, to assure, from Latin crēdēns, crēdent-, present participle of crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

granta·ble adj.
granter n.

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Grant, Ulysses Simpson Originally Hiram Ulysses Grant. 1822-1885.
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The 18th president of the United States (1869-1877) and a Civil War general. After his victorious Vicksburg campaign (1862-1863), he was made commander in chief of the Union Army (1864) and accepted the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox (1865). Grant's two-term presidency was marred by widespread graft and corruption.
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Ulysses S. Grant
1869 portrait by
Samuel Bell Waugh (1814-1885)

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Grant (grănt), Cary Originally Archibald Alexander Leach. 1904-1986.
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British-born American actor noted as a leading man in screwball comedies such as Bringing Up Baby (1938) and sophisticated thrillers such as North by Northwest (1959).
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Cary Grant

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