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 legislators resent governors’ sweeping executive orders. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2021," 6 Feb. 2021 And Châtel’s residents don’t resent their busy Swiss neighbors. Washington Post, "Empty French ski lifts, packed Swiss resorts. Covid rules clash in the Alps.," 14 Jan. 2021 Alternatively, the people who remain in a high-cost area might resent those who have moved while keeping their pay. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "These Tech Companies Are Paying Workers the Same Rates Across U.S.," 29 Dec. 2020 Charles has always seemed to resent the fact that Andrew is clearly the favorite. Rachel Burchfield, Glamour, "Could Queen Elizabeth II Be the Last Queen of England?," 21 Dec. 2020 Many of them would legitimately resent having made sacrifices that others will be spared. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "What liberals are missing on student loan forgiveness," 7 Dec. 2020 Trumpism is a movement based on opposition and resentment — and there is plenty of evidence to show that its followers will continue to find things to oppose and resent during the Biden-Harris administration. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Once Trump Is Gone, We’ll Still Have To Deal With Trumpism," 13 Nov. 2020 Some viewers might resent Chappelle’s attempt to arouse sympathy for voters who found community by celebrating the suffering of others, as my colleague Adam Serwer memorably wrote. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle’s Postelection Blues," 8 Nov. 2020 One of the stranger things that has happened during the Trump administration—a category with no small amount of competition—is that the car industry and the oil industry have grown to resent each other. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: What Donald Trump Taught the Electric-Car Industry," 17 Nov. 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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22 Feb 2021

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“Resent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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