envy meaning, envy definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( envies    3rd person present)   ( envying    present participle)   ( envied    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Envy is the feeling you have when you wish you could have the same thing or quality that someone else has.  
Gradually he began to acknowledge his feelings of envy towards his mother..., They gazed in a mixture of envy and admiration at the beauty of the statue.     
2       verb   If you envy someone, you wish that you had the same things or qualities that they have.  
I don't envy the young ones who've become TV superstars and know no other world...      V n  
He envied Caroline her peace...      V n n  
3       n-sing   If a thing or quality is the envy of someone, they wish very much that they could have or achieve it.  
the N of n  
...an economic expansion that was the envy of many other states.     
    green with envy  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


      n   covetousness, enviousness, grudge, hatred, ill will, jealousy, malice, malignity, resentfulness, resentment, spite, the green-eyed monster     (informal)  
      vb   be envious (of), begrudge, be jealous (of), covet, grudge, resent  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! envious die, but envy never dies n.
envieux meurent, mais envie ne meurt jamais

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