Definition of covet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvɪt/

verb (covets, coveting, coveted)

[with object]
Yearn to possess (something, especially something belonging to another): I covet one of their smart bags (as adjective coveted) I gave up a coveted job, that of editor-in-chief
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Earlier this year he won yet another coveted Sony award for his breakfast show.
desire, be consumed with desire for, crave, have one's heart set on;
want, wish for, long for, yearn for, dream of, aspire to, hanker for, hanker after, hunger after/for, thirst for, ache for, fancy, burn for, pant for



Example sentences
  • From knitting and crochet to painting furniture and accessorising lamps, craft has never been so cool - or so covetable.
  • His covetable sleek kitchens come flat-packed, ready to slot into preprepared plumbing and electrics.
  • In both cases though these covetable paintings are explosive, celebratory and life-affirming.


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

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