be·​grudge | \ bi-ˈgrəj How to pronounce begrudge (audio) , 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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begrudger \ bi-​ˈgrə-​jər How to pronounce begrudger (audio) , bē-​ \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web No fan would truly begrudge Rogers that time, either. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Kenny Rogers, 1938-2020: A legacy of memorable songs and stories: tribute," 21 Mar. 2020 Tutt got his wish, even if the rest of the Tigers’ starting defense begrudged his request, and the sophomore made the most of it. Tom Green |, al, "‘Mission accomplished’: Auburn defense relishes 1st shutout of season," 23 Nov. 2019 Vertical videos have been on a steady climb to popularity—or at least begrudging acceptance—since the inception of smartphone cameras. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Quibi is the next step in vertical video’s inevitable rise," 7 Apr. 2020 Teddy never seemed to begrudge my father’s success. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, "For the Union Dead," 6 Apr. 2020 No one in their right mind would begrudge a military couple from reuniting. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Trump's State of the Union was pure reality TV starring Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi," 4 Feb. 2020 So the Patriots can’t begrudge Brady his free agency foray. Globe Staff,, "Why Bill Belichick and Tom Brady should stick together," 3 Feb. 2020 If at this stage of his career DeRozan wants a long-term deal with a contender, nobody would begrudge him. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How did DeMar DeRozan fare this season, and what is his future with the Spurs?," 24 Mar. 2020 Many of them had been exposed to Marxist and anarchist political theories in their home countries, and began to begrudge the American system. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "How socialism became anti-American," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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“Begrudge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce begrudge (audio) \
begrudged; begrudging

Kids Definition of begrudge

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

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