Definition of covet in English:



[with object]
  • Yearn to possess (something, especially something belonging to another)

    ‘I covet one of their smart bags’
    • ‘He's fascinated by tales of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane, and covets Hopkins's Colt 45.’
    • ‘Earlier this year he won yet another coveted Sony award for his breakfast show.’
    • ‘So I wonder… was he coveting his neighbor's wife?’
    • ‘What is interesting are the swathes of young men who are coveting the product.’
    • ‘Gradually they find common ground and realise that each of them secretly covets the other man's lifestyle.’
    • ‘Is there any time in the future when you could see yourself coveting the Leader's job?’
    • ‘Government employment is coveted for the job security it offers and the prestige it confers.’
    • ‘Still I have the consolation in knowing there is a man in Texas who covets it!’
    • ‘Just as they have long craved mastery of reverse swing, so England have coveted a mystery spinner.’
    • ‘Decent people don't covet material possessions in times of crisis and extreme suffering.’
    • ‘That is why she covets the titles that eluded her last season.’
    • ‘And it's not that they find themselves coveting their neighbor's possessions.’
    • ‘If the striker covets a bigger stage, he and his teammates are at least guaranteed one next midweek.’
    • ‘And not only I am coveting the post in a really strong way, but I'm not even going to ask him if I can have it.’
    • ‘Mostly, however I found myself coveting my neighbor's minivan.’
    • ‘His was a major contribution towards Pakistan winning the much coveted gold medal.’
    • ‘Okay, so he certainly covets a lower-profile reign than the rest of the royals.’
    • ‘No other city in America covets celebrity as much as New York.’
    • ‘But now a more ruthless criminal fraternity is coveting these most unlikely commodities.’
    • ‘I think it would make for a gentle irony if the two of them were to covet the two top jobs at the one time.’
    desire, be consumed with desire for, crave, have one's heart set on
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Middle English: from Old French cuveitier, based on Latin cupiditas (see cupidity).