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Definition of "begrudge" []

  • To envy the possession or enjoyment of: She begrudged him his youth. See Synonyms at envy. (verb-transitive)
  • To give or expend with reluctance: begrudged every penny spent. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "begrudge" in a sentence
  • "What I begrudge is not so much the work itself, although I remain a reluctant manager who dislikes the responsibilities, but the lack of free time."
  • "Kristol says he doesn't "begrudge" Obama his ambivalence, but he should have committed more troops and not have end dates for wars that he feels have tremendous potential to succeed."
  • "One minute he's assailing "fat cat" bankers, the next he's saying he doesn't "begrudge" multimillion-dollar Wall Street bonuses."