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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
First recorded in 1350-1400, begrudge is from the Middle English word 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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  • We must not envy him on account of them, nor begrudge them to him, nor wish that we had them in his stead.

  • And yet you begrudge him the little that would start him in life.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Let sisters not begrudge the time and care bestowed on a brother.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Ah, why begrudge the marquis his meed of admiration, if he likes it?

  • "Surely he cannot begrudge us the income," she had once said to her eldest daughter.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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