Grant vs Refuse - What's the difference?

grant | refuse |

As a proper noun grant

is and a scottish clan name, from a nickname meaning "large".

As a verb refuse is




Alternative forms

* graunt (obsolete)


(en verb)
  • To give over; to make conveyance of; to give the possession or title of; to convey; -- usually in answer to petition.
  • To bestow or confer, with or without compensation, particularly in answer to prayer or request; to give.
  • * 1668 July 3, , “Thomas Rue contra'' Andrew Hou?toun” in ''The Deci?ions of the Lords of Council & Se??ion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548:
  • He Su?pends on the?e Rea?ons, that Thomas Rue'' had granted a general Di?charge to ''Adam Mu?het'', who was his Conjunct, and ''correus debendi'', after the alleadged Service, which Di?charged ''Mu?het'', and con?equently ''Houstoun his Partner.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-17
  • , author=George Monbiot, authorlink=George Monbiot , title=Money just makes the rich suffer , volume=188, issue=23, page=19 , magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. The welfare state is dismantled. […]}}
  • To admit as true what is not yet satisfactorily proved; to yield belief to; to allow; to yield; to concede.
  • * , Preface ("The Infidel Half Century"), section "In Quest of the First Cause":
  • The universe exists, said the father: somebody must have made it. If that somebody exists, said I, somebody must have made him. I grant that for the sake of argument, said the Oratorian.
  • To assent; to consent.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of granting; a bestowing or conferring; concession; allowance; permission.
  • The yielding or admission of something in dispute.
  • The thing or property granted; a gift; a boon.
  • I got a grant from the government to study archeology in Egypt.''
  • (legal) A transfer of property by deed or writing; especially, an appropriation or conveyance made by the government; as, a grant of land or of money; also, the deed or writing by which the transfer is made.
  • (informal) An application for a grant (monetary boon to aid research or the like).
  • refuse


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en adjective)
  • Discarded, rejected.
  • Noun

  • (UK) Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
  • Synonyms
    * discards * garbage (US ) * rubbish (UK ) * trash (US ) * See also

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) refuser, from .


  • To decline (a request or demand).
  • My request for a pay rise was refused .
    I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more.
  • * Bible, Isa. i. 20
  • If ye refuse ye shall be devoured with the sword.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 27 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=City were outclassed thereafter and Roberto Mancini said that substitute Carlos Tevez refused to play.}}
  • To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.
  • I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused .
  • (military) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the centre, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy.
  • to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks
  • (obsolete) To disown.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Refuse thy name.
    Usage notes
    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See
    * (decline) decline, reject, nill, say no to, turn down, veto, withsake * (decline a request or demand) say no, forbear


  • (obsolete) refusal
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