begrudge

[bih-gruhj]
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verb (used with object), be·grudged, be·grudg·ing.
  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

First recorded in 1350–1400, begrudge is from the Middle English word bigrucchen. See be-, grudge
Related formsbe·grudg·ing·ly, adverbun·be·grudged, adjective
Can be confusedbegrudge regret resent (see synonym study at regret)

Synonyms for begrudge

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1. See envy.
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Related Words for begrudge

envy, stint, pinch, covet, grudge, resent

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Contemporary Examples of begrudge

Historical Examples of begrudge

  • We must not envy him on account of them, nor begrudge them to him, nor wish that we had them in his stead.

  • And yet you begrudge him the little that would start him in life.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Let sisters not begrudge the time and care bestowed on a brother.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • Ah, why begrudge the marquis his meed of admiration, if he likes it?

  • "Surely he cannot begrudge us the income," she had once said to her eldest daughter.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for begrudge

begrudge

verb (tr)
  1. to give, admit, or allow unwillingly or with a bad grace
  2. to envy (someone) the possession of (something)
Derived Formsbegrudgingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for begrudge
v.

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

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