- 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 begrudged
To everyone but right-wingers, that was the vibe Sunday night—a victory lap, and a victory lap that no one begrudged them.The Real ‘60 Minutes’ Revelation
January 29, 2013
Updike: For many years I had begrudged Harvard the place it had in my life.My Conversation with John Updike
Barbara Probst Solomon
January 29, 2009
Bitterly Sally begrudged the concession that she had been wrong.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
Their time in Wyoming was so limited that they begrudged an hour of enforced idleness.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
Look at the years those men spent—and no one begrudged them.The Drone
I know I begrudged him his further adventure into the wilds beyond Tachienlu.A Wayfarer in China
“I should have begrudged the rascals our anchor and cable,” said Peter.Old Jack
- 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 begrudged
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