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begrudge (verb) feel bad about a thing a person has; pay or give something unwillingly.

When a person has something you feel they don't deserve, you begrudge their having it. 'He begrudges her being the manager.' This means that he is unhappy about her being the manager, as he feels she does not deserve to be the manager. Perhaps he is envious of her too. Suppose you feel that the money you pay someone for the work they have done is too much, you begrudge them the money. When a person does not feel happy about the extra work they are made to do, they begrudge the extra work. You begrudge the fee you pay the doctor, if you feel the doctor is charging too high a fee. You do not pay the fee happily. Paying money for something or giving something unwillingly is to begrudge the payment and giving the thing.

  • Though not very prosperous, Smith never begrudged his children the few pleasures they enjoy like outings on the weekends, and a good holiday now and then.
  • No one begrudges the rather high amount the hospital charges for the treatment and the other services because patients do feel they get their money's worth of services.
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