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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  • Covet — Cov et (k?v ?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Covered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coveting}.] [OF. coveitier, covoitier, F. convoiter, from a derivative fr. L. cupere to desire; cf. Skr. kup to become excited. Cf. {Cupidity}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To wish for with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • covet — 1 Covet, envy, grudge, begrudge though not closely synonymous all carry the implication of a selfish desire to have something for one s own enjoyment or possession. To covet (for fuller treatment see DESIRE) is to long inordinately for something… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • covet — mid 13c., from O.Fr. coveitier (12c., Mod.Fr. convoiter) covet, desire, lust after, influenced by con words), probably ultimately from L. cupiditas passionate desire, eagerness, ambition, from cupidus very desirous, from cupere long for, desire… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Covet — Cov et, v. i. To have or indulge inordinate desire. [1913 Webster] Which [money] while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith. 1 Tim. vi. 10. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • covet — index desire, pursue (strive to gain) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • covet — [v] desire strongly aspire to, begrudge, choose, crave, desiderate, envy, fancy, hanker for*, have eye on*, have hots for*, itch for*, long for, lust after, spoil for, thirst for, want, wish for, yearn for, yen for*; concept 20 Ant. abjure, be… …   New thesaurus

  • covet — ► VERB (coveted, coveting) ▪ yearn to possess (something belonging to someone else). DERIVATIVES covetable adjective. ORIGIN Old French cuveitier, from Latin cupiditas cupidity …   English terms dictionary

  • covet — [kuv′it] vt., vi. [ME coveiten < OFr coveitier < LL * cupiditare < L cupiditas: see CUPIDITY] to want ardently (esp., something that another person has); long for with envy SYN. ENVY coveter n …   English World dictionary

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  • Covet — Monique Covet (* 14. Juli 1976 in Ungarn; eigentlich Monika Cancellieri, nach anderen Quellen Monika Visi) ist eine ungarische Pornodarstellerin. Sie ist seit 1995 als Darstellerin in der Porno Branche tätig. Im Alter von 16 Jahren arbeitete… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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