covet | coveted | covetous

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covet - desire

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The formal word ‘covet’ means to have a longing for something, especially something that belongs to somebody else. For that reason, the term can imply a strong envious desire and a sense of begrudgery as well as ruthless ambition. However, it is not always used in a negative context.

Synonyms begrudge
Antonyms abjure

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  1. There’s no doubt that Andrew, to his detriment, does covet praise. That’s why he spends so much time and energy trying to please and impress people.

  2. I was absolutely thrilled to win that award. It is by far the most coveted in our industry.

  3. Jessica is arguably this company’s greatest asset. That’s why she’s attracted so many covetous glances from rival firms.

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