Definition of begrudge in English:

begrudge

verb

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

    ‘she begrudged Martin his affluence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge people their private jets and grated truffles, nor anything which I can actually picture in my mind.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge these people their right to work, and they have to work really hard.’
    • ‘Instead of begrudging us our success, they should be learning from us.’
    • ‘But who would begrudge her some happiness in her twilight years?’
    • ‘I'm always conscious that some people will begrudge me this carefree lifestyle because I am on a sole parent's pension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the forced change to his hunting habits, Bill doesn't begrudge the summer people their little bits of Nova Scotian paradise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People don't begrudge Jerry Seinfeld or Michael Jordan their millions.’
    • ‘Few would begrudge Kevin the success he now enjoys, particularly since he has played his fair share of less glamorous gigs.’
    • ‘But few who applaud true sportsmanship would begrudge this genial chap every prize available.’
    • ‘I don't begrudge anybody a right to a square meal and some help.’
    • ‘It is his business to spend his money and people should not begrudge him his success.’
    • ‘That does not mean I begrudge the people their freedom.’
    • ‘Does he really think people would begrudge him happiness (if a rather haunted one)?’
    • ‘There can be few who begrudged her the personal happiness she seems to have obtained following her marriage to Commander, now Commodore, Laurence.’
    • ‘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.’
    envy, grudge, resent
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  • 2with object Give reluctantly or resentfully.

    ‘nobody begrudges a single penny spent on health’
    ‘begrudging admiration from a rival’
    • ‘True, residential care does not come cheaply, but having seen how well my mother was treated, I do not begrudge one penny.’
    • ‘I for one would certainly not begrudge a few pence more on the price of an abbot (over the costing for a spitfire).’
    • ‘I begrudge every penny of taxpayers' cash going to athletes while people are forced to wait for hip operations or cancer treatment.’
    • ‘And every single one of you is begrudging the time, money and effort involved.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of money on them; I don't begrudge a penny 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that I begrudge a penny of the money that this Country has spent on helping these people, not a bit of it.’
    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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Pronunciation

begrudge

/bɪˈɡrʌdʒ/