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covet

[kuhv-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property.
  2. to wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.
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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 formscov·et·a·ble, adjectivecov·et·er, nouncov·et·ing·ly, adverbun·cov·et·ed, adjectiveun·cov·et·ing, adjective

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1. See envy.

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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • Competition was eager to secure this covetable literary memorial, which may one day become historical; it was knocked down at 25l.

    Thackerayana

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • They are scarcely so charming as the all needlework pictures, but still are delightful and covetable articles.


British Dictionary definitions for covetable

covet

verb -vets, -veting or -veted (tr)
  1. to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
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Derived Formscovetable, adjectivecoveter, noun

Word Origin

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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