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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The president resents his allies for failing to bear their fair share of the costs of defending Europe. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 But the star who resented everything in the tennis world managed to find a new motivation to keep going—and a way to transition out of tennis. Time, "'I Wake Up With More Purpose Now.' Andre Agassi on Building a Life After Tennis," 11 June 2018 His girlfriend didn’t get his jokes, resented his success, and felt alienated by his favorite platform of self-expression. Shaunacy Ferro, The Cut, "I Unfollowed My Boyfriend on Twitter to Save Our Relationship," 26 June 2018 The policy is resented by parents who belong to smaller religious faiths, including many recent immigrants, and by the growing number of Irish parents who profess no faith at all. New York Times, "Ireland Takes On the Catholic Church Again. This Time It’s About Schools.," 1 June 2018 Woods used to be the world's most daunting sports goliath, at once swaggering and stony, admired by some, resented by more, feared by all. Bill Plaschke,, "Tiger Woods isn't done. He could win The Masters. Are you kidding me?," 4 Apr. 2018 But that is, in a nutshell, the free trade argument that has been resented for decades by workers in manufacturing who care more about their struggling industries than the overall health of the global economy. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Tiff over tariffs: Gary Cohn gets a hero's sendoff from the media," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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