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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
1350-1400; Middle English 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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  • To effect this, I left no stone unturned and begrudged no expenditure.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • Jimmie begrudged everything that they were compelled to cook.

  • She was deeply interested in the story, and begrudged the time it took to walk to the magician's.

    Mr. Pat's Little Girl Mary F. Leonard
  • Brenton laughed at the accent of the compliment which unmistakably was begrudged.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Perilous, begrudged by policeman and storekeeper, though it was, it was still a playground.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Their time in Wyoming was so limited that they begrudged an hour of enforced idleness.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • I know I begrudged him his further adventure into the wilds beyond Tachienlu.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • Look at the years those men spent—and no one begrudged them.

    The Drone Rutherford Mayne
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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