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verb be·grudge \bi-ˈgrəj, bē-\

: to think that someone does not deserve something : to regard (something) as not being earned or deserved

: to give or allow (something) in a reluctant or unwilling way

Full Definition of BEGRUDGE

transitive verb
:  to give or concede reluctantly or with displeasure <begrudge money> <begrudged the weeks spent away from home>
:  to look upon with disapproval <begrudge their rivals' success>
be·grudg·er \-ˈgrə-jər\ noun
be·grudg·ing·ly \-ˈgrə-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BEGRUDGE

  1. She's worked hard to get where she is. You shouldn't begrudge her the success she's earned.
  2. After what he's been through, it's hard to begrudge him the money he has.
  3. You shouldn't begrudge her success.
  4. Many commuters begrudge every minute spent in traffic.

First Known Use of BEGRUDGE

14th century

Rhymes with BEGRUDGE

BEGRUDGE Defined for Kids


verb be·grudge \bi-ˈgrəj\

Definition of BEGRUDGE for Kids

:  to give or allow reluctantly <He begrudged the time spent away from home.>


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