[ 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.
Words nearby covet
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
OTHER WORDS FROM covet
cov·et·a·ble, adjectivecov·et·er, nouncov·et·ing·ly, adverbun·cov·et·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coveter
/ (ˈkʌvɪt) /
verb -vets, -veting or -veted (tr)
to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Derived forms of covetcovetable, adjectivecoveter, noun
Word Origin for covet
C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditā cupidity
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