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[kuhv-it] /ˈkʌv ɪt/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.
Origin of covet
1175-1225; Middle English coveiten < Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er < Vulgar Latin *cupidiētāre, verbal derivative of *cupidiētās, for Latin cupititās cupidity
Related forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
covetingly, adverb
uncoveted, adjective
uncoveting, adjective
1. See envy.
1. renounce. Unabridged
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  • And I am beginning to understand why I coveted it; the having it makes all the difference that I expected.

    The American Henry James
  • Ah, if only his men could seize and hold that coveted elevation!

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • Bounty in land was the coveted reward of Virginia troops in the old French and Indian war.

  • Everyone, he thought, must have adored her; all men assuredly must have coveted her.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The reputation that he coveted most was, as he declared, in a letter to Samuel Mather, that of a doer of good.

British Dictionary definitions for coveted


verb (transitive) -vets, -veting, -veted
to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Derived Forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditācupidity
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Word Origin and History for coveted



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.

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