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.

Nearby words

  1. covert action,
  2. covert cloth,
  3. covert coat,
  4. covert sensitization,
  5. coverture,
  6. coveted,
  7. covetous,
  8. covey,
  9. covilhã,
  10. covin

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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British Dictionary definitions for covetable

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 covetable

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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