- 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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The two first met several months ago, when Once was in rehearsals in Cambridge, Mass., and Hansard begrudgingly went to see it.Tony Awards: ‘Once’ Stars Steve Kazee and Glen Hansard on the Show’s Success
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It was about singles in America, conducted in conjunction with match.com—and I was, begrudgingly, again part of this demographic.Why Men Are Settling for Mrs. Good Enough
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"Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came," she said begrudgingly.
Mrs. Melker had it good from the day she came, she said, begrudgingly.Hungry Hearts
On nearing the door, Mr. Field halted and begrudgingly said, "See you later, Quirk."The Outlet
He does so, under protest and begrudgingly, it is true, but he does it.Cobb's Anatomy
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But what St. Angé had vouchsafed in the way of restored health, she had begrudgingly bestowed.Joyce of the North Woods
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- 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 begrudgingly
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