Definitions for covetˈkʌv ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cov•etˈkʌv ɪt(v.t.)

  1. to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others:

    to covet another's property.

  2. to wish for, esp. eagerly.

  3. (v.i.)to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.

Origin of covet:

1175–1225; ME coveiten < AF coveiter, OF coveit(i)er < VL *cupidiētāre, v. der. of *cupidiētās, for L cupiditāscupidity


Princeton's WordNet

  1. covet(verb)

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

    "She covets her sister's house"


  1. covet(Verb)

    To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously.

  2. covet(Verb)

    To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).

  3. covet(Verb)

    To yearn, have or indulge inordinate desire, notably for another's possession.

  4. Origin: from coveiten, from covoiter (modern convoiter), from covoitié, presumably modified from cupiditas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covet(verb)

    to wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sense

  2. Covet(verb)

    to long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden)

  3. Covet(verb)

    to have or indulge inordinate desire

Translations for covet

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to desire or wish for eagerly (especially something belonging to someone else)

I coveted her fur coat.

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