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begrudge

[bih-gruhj] /bɪˈgrʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), begrudged, begrudging.
1.
to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone):
She begrudged her friend the award.
2.
to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow:
She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education.
Origin
1350-1400
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)
Synonyms
1. See envy.
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Examples 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

begrudge

/bɪˈɡrʌdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
2.
to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
Derived Forms
begrudgingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for begrudge
v.

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

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