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envy

verb [T] uk   us   /ˈen.vi/
B2 to wish that you had something that another person has: I envy her ability to talk to people she's never met before. [+ two objects] I don't envy you the job of cooking for all those people.
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envy

noun [U] uk   us   /ˈen.vi/
B2 the feeling that you wish you had something that someone else has: I watched with envy as she set off for the airport.
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be the envy of sb C2 to be liked and wanted by a lot of people: Her hair is the envy of the office.
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Translations of “envy”
in Arabic حَسَد…
in Korean 부러움…
in Malaysian berasa iri hati…
in French jalousie…
in Turkish kıskançlık, gıpta, imrenme…
in Italian invidia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 羡慕, 忌妒…
in Russian зависть…
in Polish zazdrość…
in Vietnamese sự thèm muốn…
in Spanish envidia…
in Portuguese inveja…
in Thai ความอิจฉา…
in German der Neid…
in Catalan enveja…
in Japanese うらやましさ…
in Indonesian iri hati…
in Chinese (Simplified) 羡慕, 忌妒…
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