- 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 of covetMiddle English coveiten ; from Old French coveitier ; from Late Latin an unverified form cupiditare ; from Classical Latin cupiditas: see cupidity
verbcov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets
- To feel strong or immoderate desire for (that which is another's).
- To wish for (something) longingly. See Synonyms at desire.
Origin of covetMiddle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.
(third-person singular simple present covets, present participle coveting, simple past and past participle coveted)
from Middle English coveiten, from Old French covoiter (modern convoiter), from covoitié (“desire”), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas.