Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.
  • transitive v. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire.
  • intransitive v. To feel immoderate desire for that which is another's.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sense.
  • transitive v. To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
  • intransitive v. To have or indulge inordinate desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To desire or wish for with eagerness; desire earnestly to obtain or possess: in a good sense.
  • To desire inordinately or without due regard to the rights of others; wish to gain possession of in an unlawful way; long for, as that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess.
  • Synonyms and To long for, hanker after, aspire to.
  • To lust after.
  • To have or indulge inordinate desire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)

Etymologies

Middle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English coveiten, from Old French covoiter (modern convoiter), from covoitié ("desire"), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. James 4:2.

    December 15, 2010

  • I agree with you 100%, EsotericWench!

    August 7, 2008

  • A word doesn't have to be long or fancy to be wonderful. Covet is a great word. It rolls off the tongue with wonderful ease and has an enticing and vaguely puerile sound to it.

    August 7, 2008