Definition of covet
- covet an award
- The king's brother coveted the throne.
His religion warns against coveting material goods.
I've been coveting that sleek sports car in the showroom for some time now.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to want (something that you do not have) very much
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