- to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property.
- to wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.
- to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.
Origin of covet
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Examples from the Web for covet
The label has gained an especially impressive footing in markets that covet its strong American appeal.Farmwear Label, Pointer Brand, Hits High Fashion Note
Misty White Sidell
April 30, 2013
I ask if he thinks Christie should run for president, an office that McGreevey himself was once widely assumed to covet.Jim McGreevey Says He’s Given Up Politics, Embraced a Simpler Life
January 18, 2013
They are not merely trying to stir up desire—to covet, to shop, to consume.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, and Comme des Garçons
March 4, 2012
They have no legal liability for what happens in Chinese factories that covet its manufacturing business.Boycott Apple? The Moral Dilemma After Abuse Reports From China
January 27, 2012
But for most who of those want to be a CEO or covet an IPO, getting a BA or BS is mandatory.Tech's 29 Most Powerful Colleges
Thomas E. Weber
May 3, 2010
These commandments forbid us to covet anything that is our neighbor's.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
This is something to covet, and, when found, not to be lost sight of.
Hardly in Wythburn was there any one so poor as to covet such shelter for a home.The Shadow of a Crime
There is nothing I should better like to hear, since of all titles this is the one I covet most the right to bear.The Economist
Have we got to say, 'I covet this woman because she is all beauty'?The Prisoner
- to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Word Origin and History for covet
mid-13c., from Old French coveitier "covet, desire, lust after" (12c., Modern French convoiter, influenced by con- words), probably ultimately from Latin cupiditas "passionate desire, eagerness, ambition," from cupidus "very desirous," from cupere "long for, desire" (see cupidity). Related: Coveted; coveting.