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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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  • But now her words—flurried, breathless, begrudging as always—stirred him.

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    Ben Hecht
  • But surely that isn't a reason for begrudging it a word of praise?

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • So Sam Bobbins has got his fortune and nobody's begrudging it to him.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
  • He went slowly back to the restaurant, begrudging Bobby to the luckier caretaker.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • 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
  • He banked away from them, flying as judiciously as possible, begrudging each foot dropped.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • This comes of your begrudging me my Snack of the Spoil, Sir.

  • His whole attitude was one of hurry; he rested in haste, as if begrudging the moments which were lost from travel.

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    Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for begrudging

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 begrudging

begrudge

v.

mid-14c., from be- + Middle English grucchen "to murmur" (see grudge). Related: Begrudged; begrudging; begrudgingly.

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