Definition of begrudge in English:



  • 1[with two objects] Envy (someone) the possession or enjoyment of (something)

    ‘she begrudged Martin his affluence’
    • ‘Personally I can't begrudge the players high wages because if they didn't get the money it would only go to less deserving people.’
    • ‘Despite the forced change to his hunting habits, Bill doesn't begrudge the summer people their little bits of Nova Scotian paradise.’
    • ‘But few who applaud true sportsmanship would begrudge this genial chap every prize available.’
    • ‘People don't begrudge Jerry Seinfeld or Michael Jordan their millions.’
    • ‘I'm always conscious that some people will begrudge me this carefree lifestyle because I am on a sole parent's pension.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge these people their right to work, and they have to work really hard.’
    • ‘It is his business to spend his money and people should not begrudge him his success.’
    • ‘There can be few who begrudged her the personal happiness she seems to have obtained following her marriage to Commander, now Commodore, Laurence.’
    • ‘Instead of begrudging us our success, they should be learning from us.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge anybody a right to a square meal and some help.’
    • ‘So when he retired from the Post Office two years ago at the age of 52, no one would have begrudged him an early rest.’
    • ‘I can't begrudge him the trip - I know I would love to get the chance to live and work in a new country for a few months every now and then.’
    • ‘Does he really think people would begrudge him happiness (if a rather haunted one)?’
    • ‘Look, no one begrudges you your right to write books, peddle gossip or make money, which given the way your boss treats you, is understandable.’
    • ‘But who would begrudge her some happiness in her twilight years?’
    • ‘After all, in the great scheme of things, few rational people are going to begrudge someone with a handicap a nice space near the door to the supermarket.’
    • ‘But I've been very patient - I love music, and I don't want to begrudge someone the chance to practice on their chosen instrument.’
    • ‘That does not mean I begrudge the people their freedom.’
    • ‘Few would begrudge Kevin the success he now enjoys, particularly since he has played his fair share of less glamorous gigs.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge people their private jets and grated truffles, nor anything which I can actually picture in my mind.’
    envy, grudge, resent
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  • 2[with object] Give reluctantly or resentfully.

    ‘nobody begrudges a single penny spent on health’
    ‘begrudging admiration from a rival’
    • ‘I begrudge every penny of taxpayers' cash going to athletes while people are forced to wait for hip operations or cancer treatment.’
    • ‘I for one would certainly not begrudge a few pence more on the price of an abbot (over the costing for a spitfire).’
    • ‘I don't begrudge a penny of what he is earning from his new contract and I am sure George feels exactly the same way.’
    • ‘True, residential care does not come cheaply, but having seen how well my mother was treated, I do not begrudge one penny.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of money on them; I don't begrudge a penny of it.’
    • ‘Not that I begrudge a penny of the money that this Country has spent on helping these people, not a bit of it.’
    • ‘Make this a room that the whole family wants to be in, preferably all at once, and you'll not begrudge a penny of the thousands it'll cost you.’
    • ‘And every single one of you is begrudging the time, money and effort involved.’
    resent, feel aggrieved about, feel bitter about, be annoyed about, be angry about, be displeased about, be resentful of, grudge, mind, object to, take exception to, regret
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