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1. To feel envy at or towards; to be envious of; to have a feeling of uneasiness or mortification in regard to (any one), arising from the sight of another’s excellence or good fortune and a longing to possess it. A woman does not envy a man for his fighting courage, nor a man a woman for her beauty. (Collier) Whoever envies another confesses his superiority. (Rambler)
2. To feel envy on account of; to have a feeling of grief or repining, with a longing to possess (some excellence or good fortune of another, or an equal good fortune, etc); to look with grudging upon; to begrudge. I have seen thee fight, When i have envied thy behavior. (Shak) Jeffrey . . . Had actually envied his friends their cool mountain breezes. (Froude)
3. To long after; to desire strongly; to covet. Or climb his knee the envied kiss to share. (t. Gray)
4. To do harm to; to injure; to disparage. If i make a lie to gain your love and envy my best mistress, put me against a wall. (j. Fletcher)
5. To hate.
6. To emulate.
Origin: f. Envier.