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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


1. See envy.


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Examples from the Web for uncoveted

Historical Examples

  • He used all his influence to persuade Walker to accept the uncoveted mission.

    Stephen A. Douglas

    Allen Johnson

  • A propinquity, if I might judge from their countenances, uncoveted by either party.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

British Dictionary definitions for uncoveted


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 uncoveted



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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