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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 of begrudge
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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  • But what St. Angé had vouchsafed in the way of restored health, she had begrudgingly bestowed.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • On nearing the door, Mr. Field halted and begrudgingly said, "See you later, Quirk."

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • "Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came," she said begrudgingly.

  • He does so, under protest and begrudgingly, it is true, but he does it.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • Perhaps such discussions are for the purpose of "making no concessions" or if they must be made, of making them begrudgingly.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
British Dictionary definitions for begrudgingly

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 begrudgingly

begrudge

v.

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

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