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Definition of envy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • the feeling of wanting to be in the same situation as someone else; the feeling of wanting something that someone else has envy (of somebody) He couldn't conceal his envy of me. envy (at/of something) She felt a pang of envy at the thought of his success. They looked with envy at her latest purchase. Her colleagues were green with envy (= they had very strong feelings of envy ).
  • Idioms
    be the envy of somebody/something
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    to be a person or thing that other people admire and that causes feelings of envy Our universities are the envy of the world.
    see also enviable, envious
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: envy

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