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Grant, v. Also: graunt(e, grawnt. [ME. graunt(e, grant(e (a 1225), AF. graunter, granter, OF. granter, graanter.]

1. tr. To grant or bestow as a favour or in answer to a request; to consent to or permit (something requested). Usually const. with dat. of the person.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 420.
This child … pray[i]s ȝow … That ȝe resave her his homage And grantis him his heritage
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 873.
The gret ioy that God … has grantit tham
Ib. xxxiii. 821.
Thai his askine grantit rath
c1420 Wynt. v. 4740.
Teophile … askyd mercye, And that grantyd myld Mary
?1438 Alex. ii. 3641.
I grantit ȝow my lufe, I wis
c1420 Ratis R. 514.
God has grantit na resone To men till knaw the quaiite Of his micht
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 957.
Grant me confort this day, As thow art God verray!
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 255/28.
He grantit first fredome to haly kirk
1513 Doug. iii. viii. 45.
Grant our vayage ane esy and reddy wynd
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1121.
Grant me the thing that I ȝow craif
a1568 Scott i. 161.
Foirgifanis grant … till all into ȝour parliament
1614 Highland P. III. 164.
What conditiones may be grantit to the rebellis
1630 St. A. Baxter Bks. 83.
Mitigatioun to be grantit to the parochineris
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 1231.
For-thi, sire, graunt me ȝour gud will
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1446.
He of refetyne Thame preyed space to graunt thaim syne
c1420 Wynt. iv. 312.
He prayid till his god Appolyne To grawnt hym wyttyng [etc.]
Ib. v. 1321.
Bot he wald grawnt off nakyn wys To the Jowys that franchyse
1490 Irland 146/3.
Na thing is sa hard na difficil … bot sche graunttis and impetratis to thé
1564 Peebles B. Rec. 298.
Gif the tovne grauntit the said William … his dessir of the said office in lifrent
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxx. 40.
God … graunt thame grace for to repent

2. To grant permission, to consent, that something be done or happen. With noun-clause or infin. as obj. a1400 Leg. S. xxii. 667.
The iuge … granttit that his saule in hy Suld agayne til his bodye
c1420 Wynt. vii. 1654.
He grawntyd them trewyd for to be
1456 Hay I. 298/24.
He grauntit that … ane of his eyne suld be put out
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 54.
Grant me, lord, on yon gait graithly to gay
Ib. 1007.
At thow wald … grant the frekis on fold farar to fall, Baith thair honouris to saif
1513 Doug. i. vi. 171.
Quhy grantis thou nocht we mycht joyn hand in hand And fortill heir and rendir vocis trew?
Ib. viii. 51.
O hie princes, quham to Jupiter hes grant To beild ane new cietie
Ib. Direct. 33.
God grant I may amend it
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8678.
Thairto I do consent, And grantis ȝow heir with all benevolence To pas ȝour time

3. To agree or consent, undertake or promise, to do something. a1400 Leg. S. xxxii. 221.
Scho vmbethocht hyre … That it a foule fandyng was To gere hyre grant to fyle hir flesch
1456 Hay I. 54/2.
The knychtis wald nocht graunt to pas with him in Affrik
c1450-2 Howlat 666.
Thai grantit that gud, but grutching, to gane
c1475 Wall. i. 69.
Till haid of hym he granttit at the last
1485 Acta Conc. *110/2.
He … grantit to pay the excrescence of the avale of thaim
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 201/7.
He callit Willam his bastard son, quhilk grantit to gang
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1686.
The gardner [was] not saikles, to cut sa sone that grantit

4. intr. To agree or consent to or till (some request). 1375 Barb. vii. 133.
Thai grantit till his spek for-thi
a1400 Leg. S. xxxii. 640.
He wes lath to grant thare-til
c1420 Wynt. viii. 2344.
To the forsayd termys he grawntit for thi, Thai trewys for till hald lelely
?1438 Alex. ii. 571.
I grant thairtill With gude hart
Ib. 1286, etc. 1494 Acta Aud. 202/i.
A parte of the said convent wes takin and presonit, quhill thai grantit to the said assedatioun
1496 Acta Conc. II. 23.
The chancellar and lordis … grantit to his peticione and desyre
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 264/29.
Jhon Baliole grantit thairto
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 43.
I wil obey and grantis onto ȝour will
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6993.
I wald ȝour grace to my desire wald grant

b. absol. To agree, consent (to a request); to make a promise (in answer to a request); also const. dat. of the person. ?1438 Alex. ii. 3201.
Gif God grantis throw his pousté, We sall richt wele accordit be
Ib. 5088.
Pirrus … said, ‘Gude friend, Len me that bow!’ ‘I grant!’ said he
1456 Hay I. 46.
A knycht askit justyng of a Romayn, and he grauntit him with gude will
c1460 Consail Wys Man 165.
Be nocht lefull to hicht na grant, … And quhen thow grantis kep veil thi hecht
a1500 Seven S. 2416.
The stewart grantit him blythly
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 313.
That page wes neuer of sic price for to presome anys Wnto my persone to be peir, had pete nought grantit
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 45.
Ȝe grane ay quhill thay grant

5. tr. and intr. To admit, acknowledge, confess. With various constructions.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xii. 276.
He can repent … Grauntand … Rychtwyse blud betraisit he had
Ib. xxii. 366.
Before al [he] had granttyt thare That he had bene a cristine mane
c1420 Wynt. viii. 326.
That that lord had dowchtrys twa, I grant
1456 Hay I. 101.
And tharfor mon we graunt that that bataill cummys of rycht
1466 Acta Aud. 32.
The v mercis that he grantis he promist to pay
1498 Acta Conc. II. 289.
He grantit … that he had commonit and spokin with … Jonet
1516 Fife Sheriff Ct. 42.
Iohnne Forret grauntit … that he keist nocht the turffis be na title of richt
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 310.
I grant ȝe ar baith greit and wicht
a1578 Pitsc. I. iii/24.
That he grantit he had no wther refuge … bot in the kingis clemencie
1624 Peebles B. Rec. 365.
Charles … grantis he said: The devill be amang the provest and bailȝeis or I be thair burges
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xi. 163.
We grant ws seruandis ay bown of Ihesu Criste
1475 Acta Aud. 38/1.
The said Robert grantit him awand the said soume to the said James
1534–5 Linlithgow Palace 328.
The said Sir James … and Sir Thomas granttis thame pait
1564 Exch. R. XIX. 529.
I … grantis me to becum actit cautioner and sovertie for my cousing
1596 Dalr. I. 258/20.
Sche compeiris, and grantis her selfe to haue slane the king
(3) a1400 Leg. S. x. 477.
He granttit his faddir gilt
Ib. xxii. 352.
Lord Ihesu Criste, … I nyt thé nocht, Bot granttyt thé in word & thocht
14.. Acts I. 352/2.
Of a man grantand his awne wrang
Ib. 372/2.
Giff ony man grantis dett and has nocht to pay
c1420 Wynt. iv. 2546.
Wyth mowth thai grawntyt thare homage
1493 Dunferm. B. Rec. 48.
The syse … fyndand the said Wat datur [= debtor] of all he grantit in jugment
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 35.
Forsuyth, … I sal, quhat euer betyde, Grant to thé all the verite
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 36.
William granttes thir wordes, ‘The Devill cayre the Kirk’
1622-6 Bisset I. 299.
Gif the occupyare of the ground granttis that charge gevin to him
(4) a1400 Leg. S. xxxii. 555.
Quod Cypryane: ‘I se wele now The crucyfit is mare than thu … , & the feynd that granttit til
1500 Rep. Elphinstone Mun. 15.
For the quhilk sovme … the said Margaret grauntit
1563 St. A. Kirk S. 162.
And sche sperit … gif the father wald grant wyth the barn
a1578 Pitsc. II. 242/25.
It was alledgit that he sould have slaine the regent, … bot he wald nocht grant

6. tr. To bestow or confer (a possession, right, privilege, etc.), to transfer (property), by a formal grant. Occas. gif and grant.(a) a 1350 Facsimiles Nat. MSS. II. 14.
Quod dicti abbas et conventus concesserunt [gl. has grantit] … totam terram [etc.]
c 1400 Newbattle Charter (Reg. H.).
Nor ȝeit the said abbot and monkis … sal tak to tham ouy rycht, properte [or] commonte, vithout the marches grantit to tham
1423 (1430) Reg. Great S. 30/2.
We haf … granted to the said Michel yherly to resayf, tak up, and joyse thir thynggis under vyrtyn
1456 Hay I. 207/21.
Thus suld kingis or princis here the parties resouns … or he grantit lettres of mark
Ib. 225/32.
For the law sais that quhen a thing principale is grantit, all the nedefull pertinence till it is grantit
1476 Peebles B. Rec. 177.
Gyffand and grantand to the forsaid George … fwll power to mak rasonabyll tenandis [etc.]
1484 Acta Conc. I. *85/1.
The lettres of balȝery and chalmerlanry grantit to the said James
1518 Glenartney Doc.
The quhilk to do, we gif, grantis and committis to ȝow owr power be thir our lettres
1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 105.
Sua that the toun of Campheir grantit nocht nor gaif thame larger privileges nor Myddilburgh
1667 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 235.
The saids provest [etc.] … haue given and grantit, and be thir presents giue and grants to the said Livetennent … full libertie and power [etc.]
(b) 1388 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 294.
The forsaid Iohn … has giffin and grawntit … all his land of [etc.]
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1201.
Palladinar tho wes Graunted and gevin Vlixes
c1420 Wynt. vii. 3114.
Powere had thai than at fulle, Grawntyd be the Papys bulle, To mak that translatyown
1451 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 315.
We hafe gravntit trone to be erekkit in thair cite
1454 Liber Coll. Glasg. 177.
The saide Johne … hase gyffin and grawntyde … wnto the saidis Priour, covent, and thair successouris a tenement [etc.]

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