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 The move was the latest by the head of the village’s Native corporation to annoy neighbors, some of whom resented him for entering an agreement allowing Pebble to build a ferry landing on the local company’s land. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 As for Curry, specifically, he's been weirdly polarizing among his peers and various skeptics will always resent him, but none of that should overshadow the basic realities of his career. Andrew Sharp,, "The Biggest NBA Stories of the Decade," 19 Sep. 2019 Of course, setting boundaries for yourself means some people will resent them. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Beat Holiday Stress by Making No — or Few — Plans This Year," 3 Sep. 2019 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

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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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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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