Definition of “envy” - English Dictionary

“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)