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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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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Charlotte knows that Ariane resents her for her privilege, her money, for the beauty of their loft, for Charlotte’s easy life. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Moreover, Roberts is exactly the kind of actress Turner might resent, because Roberts became famous just at the moment that Turner’s career was beginning to lose heat. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kathleen Turner dragged a high-paid actress for having no range. Here’s who it might be.," 7 Aug. 2018 Many urbanites would resent additional competition for school places. The Economist, "Stop speculating, start livingChina is trying new ways of skimming housing-market froth," 15 Feb. 2018 The Native Americans resent the Frasers presence and make threatening approaches to them. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 4," 26 Nov. 2018 His conservative supporters, constituting about half of the country, have zealously rallied around him in his defense; the other half of the country, brutalized by Erdogan, profoundly resents him. Soner Cagaptay, Time, "Four Things to Watch in Turkey's Elections," 21 June 2018 Mariam, forced by her husband to serve his new wife, naturally resents Laila. Charles Mcnulty,, "The women of 'A Thousand Splendid Suns,' casting a spell onstage," 5 June 2018 Prepa, once Puerto Rico’s crown jewel, is largely distrusted and resented by the island’s population of 3.2 million, residents say. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 They should be loved and protected—period—and allowed the ability to embrace their full selves without being socialized into resenting a part of themselves that is rich in history and culture. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 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 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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