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 begrudge (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 And the 23 year old doesn’t begrudge these tasks—because everyone else is doing it too. David Vetter, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Toth, who studies both bees and wasps, doesn't begrudge bees their widespread popularity. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 7 May 2021 This not to begrudge Mr. Biden his good political fortune. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 But as everyone around them leased, often for financial reasons that Bower did not begrudge, industry moved in and their quality of life deteriorated. Sarah Smarsh, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2021 Few would begrudge him the break, with an intense 34-match, four-month stretch -- featuring games every three or four days -- concluding with a 2-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. Steve Douglas, ajc, 20 Mar. 2021 Who can begrudge a restaurant for scraping by, especially in times like these? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 Mar. 2021 For your consideration: Boseman could earn two posthumous Oscar nominations this year, a distinction few would begrudge him. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Sattler, the Bend nurse who is urging routine testing of healthcare workers, doesn’t begrudge college sports for frequent testing. oregonlive, 10 Dec. 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 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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