re·sent | \ri-ˈzent \
resented; resenting; resents

Definition of resent 

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for resent


begrudge, envy

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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.

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President Trump was not a factor in the election, as each candidate seemed to resent him equally, as does much of the public. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "Mexico backs left-wing 'messiah' Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in historic presidential election," 2 July 2018 Trump seemed to resent pressure to stay the course on such issues as China’s trade practices, and the war in Afghanistan and the Iran nuclear deal, those people said. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "In the end, no one was more surprised that Tillerson was fired than Tillerson," 13 Mar. 2018 Barry Bennett, a former senior Trump campaign adviser, praised Kushner as a hard worker who entered a Washington ecosystem that resented his wealth and proximity to the president. Author: Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Jared has faded’: Inside the 28 days of White House tumult that left Kushner badly diminished," 2 Mar. 2018 There are snippets about his late father, bent toward discipline with a whirling belt and who resented his son, having been told by doctors that the boy's birth might have triggered his wife's illness. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Unmasked: Inside the miraculous, mad, mysterious life of Dr. MooMoo," 17 June 2018 Kentucky There are certain pockets of Big Blue Nation that may resent Duke’s grabbing three of the top five recruits in the class of 2018. Chris Johnson,, "Winners and Losers of College Basketball's 2018 Recruiting Cycle," 2 May 2018 One can resent the game’s vulnerability to interpretation, its frequently unjust outcomes, or one can embrace it. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 Olga has always resented Zoya, and therefore loves America. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 King, for his part, resented having to ask Kennedy for help. Ross Baker, Smithsonian, "Why Robert Kennedy Transformed From a Conservative Into a Liberal Champion of Civil Rights," 5 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of resent

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


re·sent | \ri-ˈzent \
resented; resenting

Kids Definition of resent

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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