covet

[kuhv-it]
verb (used with object)
1.
to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property.
2.
to wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.
verb (used without object)
3.
to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English coveiten < Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er < Vulgar Latin *cupidiētāre, verbal derivative of *cupidiētās, for Latin cupititās cupidity

covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
covetingly, adverb
uncoveted, adjective
uncoveting, adjective


1. See envy.


1. renounce.
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covet (ˈkʌvɪt)
 
vb , -vets, -veting, -veted
to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
 
[C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditācupidity]
 
'covetable
 
adj
 
'coveter
 
n

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covet
early 13c., from O.Fr. coveitier, probably ult. from L. cupiditas "passionate desire," from cupidus "very desirous," from cupere "long for, desire."
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Example sentences
He brings a charisma and a consumer attraction that marketers covet.
After all, when the wealth is flowing, people don't covet the concerts you see
  or the books you read.
And they mostly covet expensive watches, which are easily hidden and sometimes
  traded for cash.
Because of their scale and broad range of unique properties, biologists covet
  their use.
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