grant

Definitions

General English

  • noun an amount of money given to help someone to pay for something, or to live while they are doing something such as studying
  • verb to give someone something, especially officially

General Science

Economics

  • noun a quantity of money or assets given to a business by a central government, a local government or a government agency
  • verb to give a grant to a person or business

Law

  • noun the act of giving something to someone permanently or temporarily by a written document, where the object itself cannot be physically transferred
  • noun a legal document recording a transaction in which something is transferred from one person to another
  • noun money given by the government, local authority or other organisation to help pay for something
  • verb to agree to give someone something or allow someone to do something

Real Estate

  • verb to transfer money, property or rights to someone in a legal transaction

Origin & History of “grant”

To grant something etymologically implies an element of ‘belief’ or ‘trust’, although there is virtually no semantic trace of these left in the word today. Its ultimate source was crēdens, the present participle of Latin crēdere ‘believe’ (source of English credence, credible, etc). this was used as the basis of a new vulgar Latin verb *crēdentāre, which passed into Old French as creanter ‘insure, guarantee’. Its later variant greanter or granter gave English grant.
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