- 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 begrudging
Today, it was a deputy minister from Netanyahu's own party who undermined his begrudging support for the two-state solution.Israeli Deputy Defense Minister: Government 'Will Be Against' Any Palestinian State
June 6, 2013
Not fun to watch, but a begrudging respect endures for the severe purity.Ban the Speedo!
October 5, 2009
But now her words—flurried, breathless, begrudging as always—stirred him.Erik Dorn
But surely that isn't a reason for begrudging it a word of praise?My Friend Prospero
So Sam Bobbins has got his fortune and nobody's begrudging it to him.Green Valley
He went slowly back to the restaurant, begrudging Bobby to the luckier caretaker.Greyfriars Bobby
How heartless, begrudging her poor dead mother the poor comfort of a Christian burial, because she wanted the money for herself!The Long Chance
Peter B. Kyne
- 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 begrudging
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