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[bih-gruhj] /bɪˈgrʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), begrudged, begrudging.
to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone):
She begrudged her friend the award.
to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow:
She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education.
Origin of begrudge
1350-1400; Middle English bigrucchen. See be-, grudge
Related forms
begrudgingly, adverb
unbegrudged, adjective
Can be confused
begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at regret)
1. See envy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for begrudge
  • Historian Winchester seems to know everything, but he's such an engaging raconteur you can hardly begrudge him his smarts.
  • Don't begrudge them their serenity in ignorance.
  • New Yorkers relate to his work ethic and don't begrudge his millions.
  • Only a father doesn't begrudge his son's talent.
  • You can't begrudge the movie-loving public a great story line.
  • While administrators make six figure salaries, they begrudge faculty and especially adjuncts their smaller salaries.
  • One doesn't begrudge him that, any more that one minds seeing rows of smiling sons and daughters on a stage.
  • We don't begrudge financial success in this country.
  • Scholars often quote him unjealously and flatteringly with a freedom they normally begrudge their fellow academicians.
  • We probably shouldn't begrudge the spectacle of movie stars reusing the strategies that first endeared them to us.
British Dictionary definitions for begrudge


verb (transitive)
to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
Derived Forms
begrudgingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for begrudge

mid-14c., from be- + Middle English grucchen "to murmur" (see grudge). Related: Begrudged; begrudging; begrudgingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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