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covet

Definition:

to wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

coveted

Present participle:

coveting

3rd-person singular present:

covets

Type of:

envy » desire

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

salivate

Usage example:

She covets her sister's house

Etymology:

Old French coveitier (12th century, Mod.French convoiter) "covet, desire, lust...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

covet | covetable [adjective, derived]

to wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person) (13 of 495 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/covet

Merriam-Webster:

covet | ache [synonym, sense-specific] | desire [synonym, sense-specific] | crave [synonym, sense-specific] | desiderate [synonym, sense-specific] | die [synonym, sense-specific] | hanker [synonym, sense-specific] | hunger [synonym, sense-specific] | itch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to wish for earnestly | to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably | to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another (22 of 310 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/covet

Oxford Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present] | covetable [derived]

yearn to possess (something, especially something belonging to another) Spelling rule Do not double the final consonant when adding endings which ... (21 of 113 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/covet

American Heritage Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present] | covetable [adjective, related] | coveter [noun, related] | covetingly [adverb, related]

To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). | To wish for longingly. | To feel immoderate desire for that which is another's. (22 of 66 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covet

Random House Dictionary:

covet

to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others. | to wish for, especially eagerly. | to have an inordinate or ... (23 of 44 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/covet

Wiktionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously. | [transitive] To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden). | [intransitive] To yearn, have or indulge inordinate desire, notably for ... (34 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/covet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

covet [transitive, formal] | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

to very much want something that someone else has (9 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/covet

Cambridge Dictionary:

covet [formal]

to want to have something very much, especially something which belongs to someone else (14 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/covet

New World Dictionary:

covet | coveter [noun, related]

to want ardently (especially, something that another person has); long for with envy (13 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covet

Wikipedia:

Seven deadly sins | capital vices | cardinal sins

a classification of vices that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride,... (38 of 3425 words, 11 images)

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Encarta Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

to have a strong desire to possess something that belongs to somebody else | to want to have something very much (20 of 82 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600954​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

covet

First use: mid-13th century

Origin: Old French coveitier (12th century, Mod.French convoiter) "covet, desire, lust after", influenced by con- words), probably ... (18 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=covet

Merriam-Webster:

covet

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English coveiten, from Anglo-French coveiter, from Vulgar Latin *cupidietare, from Latin cupiditat-, ... (15 of 24 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/covet

American Heritage Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covet

Wiktionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English coveiten, from Old French covoiter (modern convoiter), from covoitié ("desire"), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/covet

New World Dictionary:

covet

Origin: Middle English coveiten from Old French coveitier from Late Latin *cupiditare from Latin cupiditas: see "cupidity"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covet

Collins Dictionary:

covet

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditācupidity

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/covet

Oxford Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French cuveitier, based on Latin cupiditas (see "cupidity")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/covet

Encarta Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French coveitier from Latin cupiditas

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600954​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

covet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "covet"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/covet

Macmillan British Dictionary:

covet [transitive, formal] | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "covet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/covet

Macmillan American Dictionary:

covet [transitive, formal] | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "covet"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/covet

Cambridge Dictionary:

covet [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "covet"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "covet"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/covet

the Free Dictionary:

covet

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "covet"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "covet"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "covet" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/covet

Google Dictionary:

covet | coveted [past tense] | coveting [present participle] | covets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "covet"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

covet

Audio: North American pronunciation of "covet"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=covet​001 word=covet

YourDictionary Audio:

covet

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "covet" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covet

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