covet

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Etymology[edit]

from Middle English coveiten, from Old French covoitier (modern convoiter), from covoitié ‎(desire), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas.

Verb[edit]

covet ‎(third-person singular simple present covets, present participle coveting, simple past and past participle coveted)

  1. (transitive) To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously.
  2. (transitive) To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
  3. (intransitive) To yearn, have or indulge inordinate desire, notably for another's possession.

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