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begrudge

verb

Definition: 1. to give something, even though you don't want to; 2. to resent or envy what someone else is enjoying

Synonyms: resent, envy, grudge, covet

Antonyms: applaud, appreciate

Tips: Begrudge is a simple word to learn when you break it down: be + grudge, "resentment." Therefore, to begrudge is "to be resentful of someone else's enjoyment" or "to be resentful when giving something." The related adverb begrudgingly describes actions done with resentment.

Usage Examples:

He was a miser, so he begrudgingly gave his employees raises to prevent them from quitting. (resentfully, grudgingly) adverb

I don't begrudge his success; I am actually quite happy for him. (resent, envy)

She begrudgingly gave back the money. (resentfully, enviously) adverb

Iím actually quite happy that you got the promotion instead of me; I donít begrudge you at all. (resent, envy)


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