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[kuhv-it] /ˈkʌv ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others:
to covet another's property.
to wish for, especially eagerly:
He won the prize they all coveted.
verb (used without object)
to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.
Origin of covet
1175-1225; Middle English coveiten < Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er < Vulgar Latin *cupidiētāre, verbal derivative of *cupidiētās, for Latin cupititās cupidity
Related forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
covetingly, adverb
uncoveted, adjective
uncoveting, adjective
1. See envy.
1. renounce. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coveted
  • The reason is that the right to trade on the exchanges is no longer hotly coveted.
  • Commodities such as fur and timber also earn coveted foreign currency.
  • But new research is extending our coveted smart phone time, by putting the phone almost to sleep.
  • Tequila is the region that boasts the designation of origin of the coveted drink by the same name.
  • Increasingly, the value crowd is turning to many of the same big-name technology stocks once coveted by the growth investors.
  • Because your students need work, even when it's not the coveted tenure-track job.
  • Without that coveted status, workers are condemned to temporary or part-time jobs.
  • Each year, hundreds of people across the country hunt one coveted waterfowl trophy.
  • We went from chattering excitedly to trying to barter with each other for coveted items.
  • For this reason, he believes the technology will be coveted by pharmaceutical companies.
British Dictionary definitions for coveted


verb (transitive) -vets, -veting, -veted
to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Derived Forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditācupidity
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Word Origin and History for coveted



mid-13c., from Old French coveitier "covet, desire, lust after" (12c., Modern French convoiter, influenced by con- words), probably ultimately from Latin cupiditas "passionate desire, eagerness, ambition," from cupidus "very desirous," from cupere "long for, desire" (see cupidity). Related: Coveted; coveting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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