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English definition of “grudge”

grudge

verb [T]     /ɡrʌdʒ/
to not want to spend time or money on someone or something, or to not want to give something to someone: She grudged every hour she spent helping him.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm to think that someone does not deserve something good that they have: [+ two objects] I don't grudge you your holiday, it's just that you've chosen a bad time to go.Envy and jealousy
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