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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
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)
Synonyms
1. See envy.
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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

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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