- To covet is defined as to strongly want something that someone else has.
An example of to covet is to dream of owning the car that your neighbor drives.
Origin: Middle English coveiten ; from Old French coveitier ; from Late Latin an unverified form cupiditare ; from Classical Latin cupiditas: see cupidity
- coveter noun
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verb cov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets verb, transitive
- To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.
- To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire.
Origin: Middle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.
- covˈet·a·ble adjective
- covˈet·er noun
- covˈet·ing·ly adverb