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.

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Origin of covet

First recorded in 1325–1350; Middle English coveiten, from Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er, from unattested Vulgar Latin cupiditāre, verbal derivative of Latin cupiditās cupidity

synonym study for covet

1. See envy.

OTHER WORDS FROM covet

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British Dictionary definitions for covet

covet
/ (ˈkʌvɪt) /

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

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

Derived forms of covet

covetable, adjectivecoveter, noun

Word Origin for covet

C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditā cupidity
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