n. pl. en·vies
a. A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another. See Usage Note at jealous.
b. The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors.
2. Obsolete Malevolence.
tr.v. en·vied, en·vy·ing, en·vies
1. To feel envy toward (another person).
2. To regard (something) with envy.
[Middle English envie, from Old French, from Latin invidia, from invidus, envious, from invidēre, to look at with envy : in-, in, on; see EN-1 + vidēre, to see; see weid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. V., from Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invidēre.]
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