Cov"et (k?v"?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Covered; p. pr. & vb. n. Coveting.] [OF. coveitier, covoitier, F. convoiter, from a derivative fr. L. cupere to desire; cf. Skr. kup to become excited. Cf. Cupidity.]


To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sen.

Covet earnestly the best gifts. 1. Cor. xxii. 31.

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive. Shak.


To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. Ex. xx. 17.
Syn. -- To long for; desire; hanker after; crave.


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Cov"et, v. i.

To have or indulge inordinate desire.

Which [money] while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith. 1 Tim. vi. 10.


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