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"jealous" in British English

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jealousadjective

uk   /ˈdʒel.əs/  us   /ˈdʒel.əs/
  • jealous adjective (UNHAPPY)

B1 upset and angry because someone that you love seems interested in another person: a jealous husband/wife Anna says she feels jealous every time another woman looks at her boyfriend.
B2 unhappy and angry because someone has something that you want: He had always been very jealous of his brother's good looks.
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jealously
adverb uk   /ˈdʒel.əs.li/  us   /ˈdʒel.əs.li/
B2 The exact location of the hotel where the royal couple is staying is a jealously (= carefully) guarded secret. She eyed Gwen's engagement ring jealously.
(Definition of jealous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jealous" in American English

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jealousadjective

 us   /ˈdʒel·əs/
  • jealous adjective (WANTING QUALITIES)

unhappy and slightly angry because you wish you had someone else’s qualities, advantages, or success: Ron was jealous of his colleague’s promotion.
  • jealous adjective (FEARFUL ABOUT LOVE)

fearing that someone you love loves someone else or is loved by someone else
  • jealous adjective (CAREFUL TO PROTECT)

very careful to protect someone or something: Her parents kept a jealous watch over her.
jealously
adverb  us   /ˈdʒel·əs·li/
He jealously guarded his privacy.
(Definition of jealous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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