Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?TAKE THE QUIZ
: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
: an object of envious notice or feeling
his new car made him the envy of his friends
: to feel envy toward or on account of
obsolete : to feel or show envy
Noun my envy of his success Their exotic vacations inspired envy in their friends. We watched with envy as the yacht slid past us. Verb I envy you for your large group of friends. I envy the way you've made so many friends.
Recent Examples on the Web
NounThe interview at the center was conducted by Henri Renaud, a French jazz pianist, whose evident idolization and envy of Monk distorts any effort at an honest conversation. —Harmony Holiday, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2023 The $30 billion in uninsured deposits is seen as a vote of confidence in First Republic, whose banking franchise before the past week was often the envy of the industry. —Ken Sweet, ajc, 16 Mar. 2023 The $30 billion in uninsured deposits is seen as a vote of confidence in First Republic, whose banking franchise before the past week was often the envy of the industry. —Ken Sweet, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Mar. 2023 American post-secondary education is the envy of the world. —Joe Pitts, National Review, 24 Feb. 2023 Since the first Iron Man ushered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios has been the envy of Hollywood. —Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2023 Over 2003-11, Catalonia’s regional film hub was the envy of Europe. —John Hopewell, Variety, 16 Feb. 2023 At this rate, U.S. universities may not be the envy of the world for much longer. —WSJ, 9 Feb. 2023 Beyond jealousy or envy, that show rose me from the dead and gave me my marching orders to raise the bar on Devo in a do-or-die effort. —Liza Lentini, SPIN, 16 Dec. 2022
VerbYounger me used to envy people who seemed able to put down deep roots in one place. —Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Dec. 2020 She feels surrounded by people who either resent her, envy her, or want something from her. —Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Good fiction can raise questions about the past in a way that historians can only envy. —Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2022 While DeSantis’s restrictive approach could be a gamble in a national campaign, many Republicans seem to envy not only his refusal to engage with journalists on their terms but also his ability to get away with it. —Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022 The Bengals have a receiving corps to envy, with slot receiver Tyler Boyd hauling in 50 catches for 690 yards, 50 more receiving yards than the Patriots’ top receiver, Jakobi Meyers (640). —Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Dec. 2022 Residents of the United Kingdom have universal health care, The Great British Baking Show, and, soon, something else for the rest of the world to envy: daily third-party ratings for Netflix programs. —Vulture, 12 Oct. 2022 All this won the director the type of appeal any politician would envy. —Michael Kazin, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 Putting his team in a position that the Sox and 27 other teams are left to envy. —Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2022 See More
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'envy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Love It or Hate It
Words at Play
Ask the Editors
Name That Flower
Can you tell the difference between a lilac and a...
Take the quiz
Are You Feeling Lucky?
A charming quiz about fortunate and unfortunate w...
Take the quiz
Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get...
Take the quiz
Spelling Bee Quiz
Can you outdo past winners of the National Spelli...
Take the quiz