envy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"envy" in British English

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envyverb [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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envynoun [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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(Definition of envy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"envy" in American English

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envyverb [T]

 us   /ˈen·vi/
to ​wish that you had a ​quality or ​possession that another ​person has: I envy ​people so much who ​feelcarefree.

envynoun [U]

 us   /ˈen·vi/
the ​feeling that you ​wish you had something that someone ​else has: His new ​car is the envy of (= ​liked and ​wanted by) all his ​friends.
(Definition of envy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “envy”
in Korean 부러움…
in Arabic حَسَد…
in Malaysian berasa iri hati…
in French jalousie…
in Russian зависть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 羡慕, 忌妒…
in Italian invidia…
in Turkish kıskançlık, gıpta, imrenme…
in Polish zazdrość…
in Spanish envidia…
in Vietnamese sự thèm muốn…
in Portuguese inveja…
in Thai ความอิจฉา…
in German der Neid…
in Catalan enveja…
in Japanese うらやましさ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 羡慕, 忌妒…
in Indonesian iri hati…
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