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"envy" in British English

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envyverb [T]

uk   /ˈen.vi/  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   /ˈen.vi/  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 feel carefree.

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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