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

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Other Words from covet

covetable \ ˈkə-​və-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce covetable (audio) \ adjective
coveter \ ˈkə-​və-​tər How to pronounce coveter (audio) \ noun
covetingly \ ˈkə-​və-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce covetingly (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.
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While at first one can only let their jaw hit the floor and simply covet the face, the body, and the confidence that Ratajkowski exudes, this look (at second glance) is an ode to the queen of Camp herself, Cher. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Channels Cher in a Naked Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Lomachenko’s next fight was supposed to be a title unification bout with Ghana’s Richard Commey, who holds one of the two remaining lightweight belts that Lomachenko covets. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko goes Hollywood for title clash with Crolla," 11 Apr. 2019 Traditional media companies are now competing for ad dollars with digital media giants such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., which use targeted ads to reach specific groups of consumers that advertisers covet. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "NBCU Wades Into E-Commerce, Enlisting Bill Murray as Pitchman," 28 Mar. 2019 Other than the Big Ten rights, this package might be the most coveted of the next round of deals. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Why WWE's Network TV Deal Could Signal a Way Forward for College Football," 24 May 2018 The most coveted of nominations this year belongs to Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Luis Fonsi and Ozuna, who will all be competing in the category of artist of the year. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "Who Will Win Artist of the Year at 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards? Vote!," 7 Feb. 2018 The fall of Wynn could make his company a takeover target for another casino operator like Caesars Entertainment Corp., which has long coveted a casino in Boston and Macau. Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg.com, "Wynn Quits Amid Harassment Claims, Ending Era of Casino Legend," 7 Feb. 2018 Can Only Imagine earned coveted A+ CinemaScores, while Tomb Raider earned a mediocre B. This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "'Black Panther' Defeating 'Tomb Raider' at Weekend Box Office," 17 Mar. 2018 Their signature cookie-cutters are coveted and their Instagram accounts flourish. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of covet was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for covet

covet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of covet

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

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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