covet

[ 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
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covet

/ (ˈkʌvɪt) /

verb -vets, -veting or -veted (tr)

to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Derived Formscovetable, adjectivecoveter, noun

Word Origin for covet

C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditā cupidity
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Word Origin and History for covet

covet


v.

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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