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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.
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 begrudging
  • But its purchases have been intermittent and begrudging.
  • Many in the space sciences have a begrudging tolerance of human spaceflight because it uses up so many resources.
  • But, these are only begrudging adjustments to failure of the central rationing system and not indicative of reform.
  • But these are only begrudging adjustments to failure of the central rationing system and, but these are not indicative of reform.
  • Companies that once calmly paid for coffins, hearses and funeral meals for employees are now begrudging even that.
British Dictionary definitions for begrudging


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 begrudging



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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