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
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.
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