be·​grudg·​ing | \ bi-ˈgrə-jiŋ How to pronounce begrudging (audio) , bē- \

Definition of begrudging

: said, done, or given reluctantly : grudging begrudging acceptance/admiration/respect

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begrudgingly adverb
… there have been indications during the past few years that the psychoanalytic community is, however begrudgingly, taking his ideas seriously. — Susan Quinn

Examples of begrudging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philadelphia needs its rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, to post 300 passing yards for a third consecutive week, because there is no running the ball against the Ravens, who have the most begrudging ground defense in the league. David White, New York Times, "N.F.L. Schedule: Who We Think Will Win in Week 15," 16 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of begrudging

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Begrudging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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: said, done, or given in a reluctant way

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