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.]

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

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

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

2. 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.

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.