- 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 coveted
“The district appeared to have lost its coveted title,” it reads.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
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Its premiere episode attracted 2.2 million viewers and 1.6 demo in the coveted 18-49 age demographic.The Shocking Rise and Fall of ‘Honey Boo Boo’
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The 30-something heroine glamorized the metropolis and its coveted name brands, Arora says.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
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The 69-year-old Modiano is well known, even celebrated, in France, where he has previously been awarded the coveted Prix Goncourt.Who the Hell Is Patrick Modiano?
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The committee awarded her the coveted “Rising Star Award” for both her exposure and excellence at such a young age.New York Fashion Week's Teen Sensation: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13, Stages A Sartorial Revolution
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The honor of drawing the longest slip was not, it appeared, a coveted one.Four Girls and a Compact
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Would that alone be a bar between me and the coveted happiness?The Mystery of Murray Davenport
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There are no lady passengers to snatch the coveted post from us.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The coveted prize was borne off in triumph to the Pantokrator.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
He seemed doomed to be refused the coveted certificate of admission.Herbert Hoover
- to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
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.