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)
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)