From Middle English coveten, coveiten, coveyten, from Old French covoitier (modern French convoiter), from covoitié (“desire”), presumably modified from Latin cupiditas. First used in the 14th century.
- (transitive) To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of, often enviously.
- 1991, Ted Tally, The Silence of the Lambs, spoken by Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins):
- No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
- (transitive) To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
- (intransitive) To yearn; to have or indulge an inordinate desire, especially for another's possession.
to wish for with eagerness
to long for inordinately or unlawfully
to have or indulge inordinate desire
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