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Definition of "envy" []

  • A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another. (noun)
  • The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors. (noun)
  • Obsolete Malevolence. (noun)
  • To feel envy toward. (verb-transitive)
  • To regard with envy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "envy" in a sentence
  • "I look at my grandparents in envy because they received a good retirement plan from Duke Power and are in their late 70s, still healthy and without the worry of money."
  • "The reason I think envy is a mistake is because one who is envious typically underestimates their own worth and also values the wrong things."
  • "Second, I think envy is a large obstancle to progress."