be·​grudge bi-ˈgrəj How to pronounce begrudge (audio)
begrudged; begrudging; begrudges

transitive verb

: to give or concede reluctantly or with displeasure
begrudge money
begrudged the weeks spent away from home
: to look upon with disapproval or envy
begrudge their rivals' success
begrudger noun

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of begrudge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Begrudge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


be·​grudge bi-ˈgrəj How to pronounce begrudge (audio)
: to give or do reluctantly
begrudge a person a favor
begrudgingly adverb

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