re·​sent | \ ri-ˈzent How to pronounce resent (audio) \
resented; resenting; resents

Definition of resent

transitive verb

: to feel or express annoyance or ill will at resented the implication

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Examples of resent in a Sentence

She resented being told what to do. He resented his boss for making him work late.
Recent Examples on the Web Many Muslims resent the Hindu-nationalist government Explaining the world, daily RIGHT AFTER winning independence in 1947, India did two crucial things. The Economist, "The Economist explains The erosion of secular India," 4 Feb. 2020 Nuru represented a political establishment that the progressives resented. Rachel Swan,, "After praising Mohammed Nuru for years, city officials now critical or silent," 1 Feb. 2020 The notion that natives, even working class ones, resent the success of immigrants is overblown. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "The lie of the immigrant welfare queen," 28 Jan. 2020 Saturn made some fine vehicles, but GM would’ve benefited more by fixing its existing brands, not spend years and billions creating a new one the others resented as internal competition for sales and resources. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Dear GM: Don't revive Hummer. Focus on Cadillac instead.," 4 Jan. 2020 Yes, UConn had lost twice during the regular season and been denied a No. 1 seed (in a decision many fans resented). Alex Putterman,, "UConn and Notre Dame played in the Final Four last April. A whole lot has changed since then.," 7 Dec. 2019 Jordan said that the Democrats just resented Trump’s achievements. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Impeachment Defense in Washington and in Battle Creek," 19 Dec. 2019 But as the success of Sanders and Warren shows, a sizable group of Americans resent them bitterly. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What’s Behind the Great Big Billionaire Backlash?," 19 Dec. 2019 They are resented by many Taranto residents, who say the workers get the benefit of a good job without their families having to suffer the health costs of the pollution. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Troubles at an Aging Steel Mill Mirror Italy’s Own," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of resent

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resent

Middle French resentir to be emotionally sensible of, from Old French, from re- + sentir to feel, from Latin sentire — more at sense

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The first known use of resent was in 1612

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10 Feb 2020

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“Resent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of resent

: to be angry or upset about (someone or something that you think is unfair)


re·​sent | \ ri-ˈzent How to pronounce resent (audio) \
resented; resenting

Kids Definition of resent

: to feel annoyance or anger at He resents his sister's laziness.

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