covet

verb
cov·​et | \ ˈkə-vət How to pronounce covet (audio) \
coveted; coveting; covets

Definition of covet

transitive verb

1 : to wish for earnestly covet an award
2 : to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably The king's brother coveted the throne.

intransitive verb

: to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another

Other Words from covet

covetable \ ˈkə-​və-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce covet (audio) \ adjective
coveter \ ˈkə-​və-​tər How to pronounce covet (audio) \ noun
covetingly \ ˈkə-​və-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce covet (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of covet in a Sentence

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 The only Commandment I'd breached, besides killing that bird with my air rifle, was that I had coveted Bobby Entrekin's electric train. It blew real smoke. Mine didn't. — Lewis Grizzard, Reader's Digest, January 1992 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 attain. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876 His religion warns against coveting material goods. I've been coveting that sleek sports car in the showroom for some time now.
Recent Examples on the Web Surely, the Alliance isn’t naïve enough to think Oklahoma and Texas are the only universities that covet SEC membership. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 Defensive coordinators covet his size/speed combo at the MIKE linebacker position in the NFL. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Price declines make current shareholders disinclined to unload slugs of stocks, leaving fewer opportunities for banks and the enthusiastic buyers who covet the offerings. Sridhar Natarajan, Bloomberg.com, 16 Feb. 2022 The initiative is an economic development coup for Broward County and both airports, which all covet the development of new commercial aviation businesses as generators of jobs, visibility and new services for travelers. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Oct. 2021 As the region grew, individuals, organizations, corporations and other government entities began to covet those lands. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 20 Feb. 2022 Musical instrument makers covet its fine grain, as do builders whose clients want old-growth wood that's increasingly scarce. Arkansas Online, 2 Jan. 2022 Musical instrument makers covet its fine grain, as do builders whose clients want old-growth wood that’s increasingly scarce. Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 So while Comey may covet the blank slate of a Belgian experimental couturier, her label points to a by-women, for-women business model that’s still uncommon. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of covet

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for covet

Middle English coveiten, from Anglo-French coveiter, from Vulgar Latin *cupidietare, from Latin cupiditat-, cupiditas desire, from cupidus desirous, from cupere to desire

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“Covet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/covet. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for covet

covet

verb
cov·​et | \ ˈkəv-ət How to pronounce covet (audio) \
coveted; coveting

Kids Definition of covet

: 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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