be·​grudge | \bi-ˈgrəj, bē-\
begrudged; begrudging; begrudges

Definition of begrudge 

transitive verb

1 : to give or concede reluctantly or with displeasure begrudge money begrudged the weeks spent away from home

2 : to look upon with disapproval or envy begrudge their rivals' success

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Other Words from begrudge

begrudger \ bi-​ˈgrə-​jər , bē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for begrudge


envy, resent

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Examples of begrudge in a Sentence

She's worked hard to get where she is. You shouldn't begrudge her the success she's earned. After what he's been through, it's hard to begrudge him the money he has. You shouldn't begrudge her success. Many commuters begrudge every minute spent in traffic.
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No one in northeast Ohio can begrudge him for leaving this time around. Sean Gregory, Time, "LeBron James' Move to L.A. Will Lift the NBA," 2 July 2018 Probably just complain – but some begrudge them even that. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Scolded For Misusing Mitch McConnell’s Made Up Supreme Court Rule," 28 June 2018 Kathleen got none of the begrudging charity doled out to her husband. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 And Trump will deserve credit for an astute use of presidential power, a willingness to take risks and might even get the Nobel Peace Prize that even his enemies should not begrudge him. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What really came out of the Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 It’s hard to begrudge council candidates this slight loosening of the belt, particularly when their Bexar County Commissioners Court counterparts live in the fundraising Wild West. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State needs to revisit fundraising limits," 8 June 2018 In the eyes of the times, his road to riches had made no man poorer, and few begrudged him his success. Gregory Crouch, Smithsonian, "The Mining Millionaire Americans Couldn’t Help But Love," 6 June 2018 If that is indeed what the show is trying to do, a begrudging hats off to Succession. Richard Lawson, HWD, "HBO’s Rich-Family-in-Peril Drama Succession Has a Troubling Allure," 1 June 2018 Mor Shachar, 27, a left-wing voter from Tel Aviv, begrudging acknowledged Mr. Netanyahu’s success on Iran, saying the U.S. move to leave the deal would benefit the Israeli leader politically. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Outlook for Israeli Leader Brightens as Prospects for Iran Nuclear Deal Dim," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of begrudge

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for begrudge

Middle English begrucchen, from be- be- + grucchen, gruggen "to murmur, grudge entry 1"

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English Language Learners Definition of begrudge

: 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


be·​grudge | \bi-ˈgrəj \
begrudged; begrudging

Kids Definition of begrudge

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

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