• To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously.
  • To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
  • To yearn; to have or indulge an inordinate desire, especially for another's possession.


  • From Middle English coveten, coveiten, coveyten, from Old French covoitier (modern French convoiter), from covoitiĆ©, presumably modified from Latin cupiditas. First used in the 14th century.

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