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

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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Not many would begrudge quarterbacks going elsewhere for playing time. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Getting to face Alabama is focus for Jalen Hurts after being named Oklahoma starter," 19 Aug. 2019 Cuccinelli’s clumsy gloss articulates a suspicious, begrudging permission extended only to the sufficiently equipped. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Don’t let the Trump administration vandalize Lady Liberty’s inspiring message," 14 Aug. 2019 He won't be begrudged for taking away grand slam titles from the sensational pair who came before him. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Is Novak Djokovic the most unloved superstar in tennis?," 15 July 2019 No one can begrudge your desire to go out and about., "Horoscope," 25 July 2019 In the forty-odd years between hustle the verb and hustler the noun, old Abe begrudged an un-United States what might be its most historic event: the emancipation of 4 million slaves. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 And even though almost everyone was there to do business, no one begrudged Ian his time in the driver’s seats. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 Parker chose his own path, of course, and nobody begrudged him. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ Big Three reunited in retirement as Tony Parker hangs it up," 10 June 2019 Who would begrudge William Faulkner Yoknapatawpha County or Philip Roth Philip Roth? Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "How Should a Millennial Be?," 18 Apr. 2019

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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 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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