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verb [transitive]     grant pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegranting
past tensegranted
past participlegranted
  1. 1
    formal to allow someone to have or do what they want

    The Board has refused to grant your request.

    grant something to someone:

    Irish nationalists urged the British government to grant an amnesty to all political prisoners.

    grant someone something:

    On April 30, the club granted him a leave of absence for personal reasons.

    grant someone’s wish:

    His wish had finally been granted.

  2. 2
    to admit that something is true
    I grant you (that):

    “This thing never works!” “Well, not very often, I grant you.”

    You’re thorough, I grant you that, but we don’t need all this detail.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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