- 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
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1. See envy.
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Examples from the Web for begrudge
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We can begrudge the new superpower, like we did in generations past with another Communist regime.China's Economic Takeover: The World's Next Superpower by 2016
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Most recently, he said he did not “begrudge” Wall Streeters their big earnings because that was part of the market system.Replace Rahm
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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.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
And yet you begrudge him the little that would start him in life.The Manxman
Let sisters not begrudge the time and care bestowed on a brother.The Wedding Ring
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Ah, why begrudge the marquis his meed of admiration, if he likes it?The Rose of Old St. Louis</p>
"Surely he cannot begrudge us the income," she had once said to her eldest daughter.The Bertrams</p>
- to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
- to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
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Word Origin and History for begrudge
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