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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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

    Rutherford Mayne
  • I know I begrudged him his further adventure into the wilds beyond Tachienlu.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • “I should have begrudged the rascals our anchor and cable,” said Peter.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Jimmie begrudged everything that they were compelled to cook.

  • Brenton laughed at the accent of the compliment which unmistakably was begrudged.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • She played round him in triumph, sporting with her superiority, which he begrudged her.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for begrudged


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 begrudged



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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