verb cov·et \ˈkə-vət\

: to want (something that you do not have) very much

Full Definition of COVET

transitive verb
:  to wish for earnestly <covet an award>
:  to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably
intransitive verb
:  to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another
cov·et·able \-və-tə-bəl\ adjective
cov·et·er \-tər\ noun
cov·et·ing·ly \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of COVET

  1. His religion warns against coveting material goods.
  2. <I've been coveting that sleek sports car in the showroom for some time now.>
  3. The oldest of the students, she had become a confidante of Fern's and she alone was allowed to call her by her first name. It was not a privilege the others coveted. —Edward P. Jones, The Known World, 2003

Origin of COVET

Middle English coveiten, from Anglo-French coveiter, from Vulgar Latin *cupidietare, from Latin cupiditat-, cupiditas desire, from cupidus desirous, from cupere to desire
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of COVET

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim <desires to start a new life>. wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable <wishes for permanent world peace>. want specifically suggests a felt need or lack <wants to have a family>. crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need <craves sweets>. covet implies strong envious desire <covets his rise to fame>.

Rhymes with COVET

COVETABLE Defined for Kids


verb cov·et \ˈkəv-ət\

Definition of COVET for Kids

:  to wish for greatly or with envy <I admit I covet success.> <It's wrong to covet a friend's happiness.>


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