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1envy

noun en·vy \ˈen-vē\

: the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has

: someone or something that causes envy

plural envies

Full Definition of ENVY

1
:  painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
2
obsolete :  malice
3
:  an object of envious notice or feeling <his new car made him the envy of his friends>
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Examples of ENVY

  1. my envy of his success
  2. Their exotic vacations inspired envy in their friends.
  3. We watched with envy as the yacht slid past us.

Origin of ENVY

Middle English envie, from Anglo-French, from Latin invidia, from invidus envious, from invidēre to look askance at, envy, from in- + vidēre to see — more at wit
First Known Use: 13th century

2envy

verb

: to feel a desire to have what someone else has : to feel envy because of (someone or something)

en·vieden·vy·ing

Full Definition of ENVY

transitive verb
1
:  to feel envy toward or on account of
2
obsolete :  begrudge
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to feel or show envy
en·vy·ing·ly \-vē-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of ENVY

  1. I envy you for your large group of friends.
  2. I envy the way you've made so many friends.

First Known Use of ENVY

14th century
ENVY Defined for Kids

1envy

noun en·vy \ˈen-vē\
plural envies

Definition of ENVY for Kids

1
:  a feeling of unhappiness over another's good fortune together with a desire to have the same good fortune <He was filled with envy on seeing her success.>
2
:  a person or a thing that is envied

2envy

verb
en·vieden·vy·ing

Definition of ENVY for Kids

:  to feel unhappiness over the good fortune of (someone) and desire the same good fortune :  feel envy toward or because of <I envy you for your talent.>

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