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envy

verb [T] uk   /ˈen.vi/ us  
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.

envy

noun [U] uk   /ˈen.vi/ us  
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.
(Definition of envy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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