- 1to wish you had the same qualities, possessions, opportunities, etc. as somebody 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.
- 2to be glad that you do not have to do what somebody 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. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘hostility, enmity’): from Old French envie (noun), envier (verb), from Latin invidia, from invidere
BrE BrE//ˈenvi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenvi//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they envy
BrE BrE//ˈenvi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenvi//he / she / it envies
BrE BrE//ˈenviz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenviz//past simple envied
BrE BrE//ˈenvid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenvid//past participle envied
BrE BrE//ˈenvid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenvid//-ing form envying
BrE BrE//ˈenviɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈenviɪŋ//