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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Anna Sorokin—better known as her alter ego, Anna Delvey—captured the internet's attention last year, encircling the faux heiress in a mix of fascination, hate, and begrudging admiration. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, ""Soho Grifter" Anna Sorokin Enlisted a Stylist for Her Courtroom Look," 28 Mar. 2019 Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo earned left tackle Duane Brown’s begrudging respect, receiving a fist-bump from Brown after beating him on a speed rush in a 1-on-1 drill. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks training camp Day 10: What happened, injury report, highlights and more," 7 Aug. 2018 This column’s analysis is that most customers will not begrudge a business for setting reasonable limits on the use of its property. James Freeman, WSJ, "Tragedy of the Starbucks Commons," 10 Jan. 2019 Over time, Eddie and Venom work out a begrudging respect, which of course neatly sets up a possible sequel where audiences might be able to enjoy Venom’s antics without having to feel bad about rooting for an evil parasitic space monster. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 In the east coast, people don’t begrudge Bill Gates his millions. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Who could begrudge him those last nine years of relative quiet and contemplation? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 No one in northeast Ohio can begrudge him for leaving this time around. Sean Gregory, Time, "LeBron James' Move to L.A. Will Lift the NBA," 2 July 2018 Probably just complain – but some begrudge them even that. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Scolded For Misusing Mitch McConnell’s Made Up Supreme Court Rule," 28 June 2018

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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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something valued as if it were money

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