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 This report, and the UN’s begrudging acknowledgment of the near impossibility of that goal, marks a dramatic turning point. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "The UN all but admits we will probably pass the 1.5°C point of no return," 26 Nov. 2019 High on the wall, above the maps, hangs a series of plaques commemorating the losses, low in number but deeply begrudged, since AP took responsibility here. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 After all, in a place where realistic championship hopes have been nonexistent since the moment Green and Kawhi Leonard left town, nobody seems to begrudge the former for his continued charmed existence. Mike Finger,, "For Danny Green, the Spurs’ love remains," 3 Nov. 2019 The All Blacks don’t begrudge having the equal longest break — with France — in the pool stage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "All Blacks ready for World Cup spotlight after 11-day break," 30 Sep. 2019 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

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

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10 Dec 2019

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“Begrudge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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