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
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 desire • covetable adjective • coveter noun • covetingly adverb
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.