Definition of covet
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.
: to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another
covetableplay \-və-tə-bəl\ adjective
coveterplay \-tər\ noun
covetinglyplay \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
COVET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of covet for English Language Learners
: to want (something that you do not have) very much
COVET Defined for Kids
Definition of covet for Students
: 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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