verb Etymology: Middle English coveiten, from Anglo-French coveiter, from Vulgar Latin *cupidietare, from Latin cupiditat-, cupiditas desire, from cupidus desirous, from cupere to desire Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to wish for earnestly <
covet an award
2. to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably intransitive verb to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another Synonyms: see desirecovetable adjectivecoveter nouncovetingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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