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 Still, Huffman and other parents should expect that other inmates, coming from less privileged backgrounds and serving longer sentences for drug offenses, may resent their wealth, said Larry Levine, founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘It was horrifying’: Ex-inmates describe fate that may await Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, other parents in college scandal," 12 Sep. 2019 As a president, Dr. Smith wrote, Grant was underestimated by patrician historians and by defenders of the Confederacy, who resented his efforts to promote voting rights for African Americans and to eliminate the Ku Klux Klan. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Jean Edward Smith, biographer who reassessed presidential reputations, dies at 86," 16 Sep. 2019 As a president, Dr. Smith wrote, Grant was underestimated by patrician historians and by defenders of the Confederacy, who resented his efforts to promote voting rights for African-Americans and to eliminate the Ku Klux Klan., "He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Christine Smith.," 16 Sep. 2019 Ditto for patriotic voters who resent the Left’s relentless, revisionist assaults on America’s history and accomplishments. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 But Mysterio, who resented Tony Stark’s power, is also trying to gain Tony-like control here. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Breaking Down the Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes," 2 July 2019 His appearance sparked massive protests from Georgians who resent Russia and see it as an occupying force. Fox News, "Protesters try storming Georgian Parliament over Russian lawmaker's visit," 21 June 2019 Brockhouse, a more natural politician, spoke to everyone who felt aggrieved with the system — everyone who resented the press, who felt ignored by City Hall, who felt disrespected by the system. Gilbert Garcia,, "Nirenberg gets victory, but no mandate in San Antonio runoff," 8 June 2019 But the program's defenders — from obsessive audiophiles who cherished their customized libraries to entertainment executives who resented the underground world of music piracy — nonetheless found continued value in the tool. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Apple is nixing iTunes. The fans — and the haters — bid farewell.," 3 June 2019

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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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20 Oct 2019

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The first known use of resent was in 1612

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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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something of little or no value

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