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Definition of covet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

covet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvət//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they covet
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvət//
 
he / she / it covets
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvəts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvəts//
 
past simple coveted
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvətɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvətɪd//
 
past participle coveted
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvətɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvətɪd//
 
-ing form coveting
BrE BrE//ˈkʌvətɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌvətɪŋ//
 
 
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covet something (formal) to want something very much, especially something that belongs to somebody else He had long coveted the chance to work with a famous musician. They are this year's winners of the coveted trophy (= that everyone would like to win). Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cuveitier, based on Latin cupiditas, from cupidus ‘desirous’, from cupere ‘to desire’.
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