noun ( pl. envies )a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck: she felt a twinge of envy for the people on board.• (the envy of) a person or thing that inspires such a feeling:their national health service is the envy of many in Europe.
verb ( envies, envying, envied ) [ with obj. ]desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else): he envied people who did not have to work on weekends | [ with two objs. ] : I envy Jane her happiness.• desire for oneself (something possessed or enjoyed by another): a lifestyle that most of us would envy.