What does covet mean?

Definitions for covet
ˈkʌv ɪtcov·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covetverb

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

    "She covets her sister's house"

Wiktionary

  1. covetverb

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

  2. covetverb

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

  3. covetverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COVETverb

    Etymology: convoiter, French.

    If it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending man alive. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    I am yet
    Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,
    Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,
    At no time broke my faith. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    O father! can it be that souls sublime,
    Return to visit our terrestrial clime?
    And that the gen’rous mind, releas’d by death,
    Can covet lazy limbs and mortal breath? John Dryden, Æn.

    But covet earnestly the best gifts. 1 Cor. xii. 31.

  2. To Covetverb

    To have a strong desire.

    The love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith. 1 Tim. vi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covetverb

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

  2. Covetverb

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

  3. Covetverb

    to have or indulge inordinate desire

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Covet

    kuv′et, v.t. to desire or wish for eagerly: to wish for what is unlawful.—v.i. to desire (with for).—adjs. Cov′etable; Cov′eted.—adv. Cov′etingly.—ns. Cov′etise (obs.), covetousness: ardent desire; Cov′etiveness (obs.), acquisitiveness.—adj. Cov′etous, inordinately desirous: avaricious.—adv. Cov′etously.—n. Cov′etousness. [O. Fr. coveiter (Fr. convoiter)—L. cupiditat-emcupĕre, to desire.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of covet in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    …[I]n order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.

  2. Camille Paglia:

    In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.

  3. Nicole Sherrod:

    It's a demographic that is very much into tech, so it's not shocking that it tends to skew much higher in their portfolios, take something like Tesla: It's something hot that millennials covet, and although they may not have the purchasing power to buy the car yet, they can certainly buy the stock.

  4. Mark Twain:

    He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.

  5. Dave Nonis:

    We need to get value, i know from talking to other teams that they covet some of the players we have. If there are trades that make sense for us, we're going to do it.

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