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Definition of envy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they envy
    he / she / it envies
    past simple envied
    -ing form envying
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  1. 1to wish you had the same qualities, possessions, opportunities, etc. as someone else envy somebody He envied her—she seemed to have everything she could possibly want. envy something She has always envied my success. envy somebody something I envied him his good looks. envy somebody doing something I envy you having such a close family.
  2. 2to be glad that you do not have to do what someone else has to do not envy somebody It's a difficult situation you're in. I don't envy you. not envy somebody something I don't envy her that job.
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