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[kreyv] /kreɪv/
verb (used with object), craved, craving.
to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly:
to crave sweets; to crave affection.
to require; need:
a problem craving prompt attention.
to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
verb (used without object), craved, craving.
to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin of crave
before 1000; Middle English craven, Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to
Related forms
craver, noun
1. yearn for, hunger for. Unabridged
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  • May we crave leave to direct the attention of the reader for a very few minutes to the grounds on which we decide?

  • I crave thy pardon if I have transgressed beyond the limits of my duty.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • When we crave something, when there are active ideas of desire, there usually are movements of our flexor muscles.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The words sent a chill to the heart of one born to hope, to will, to crave.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Vehemence of character counts for more than completeness of doctrine, and they crave a battle-cry, not a dissertation.

    Voltaire John Morley
British Dictionary definitions for crave


when intr, foll by for or after. to desire intensely; long (for)
(transitive) to need greatly or urgently
(transitive) to beg or plead for
Derived Forms
craver, noun
Word Origin
Old English crafian; related to Old Norse krefja to demand, krǣfr strong; see craft
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Word Origin and History for crave

Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cf. Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300). Related: Craved; craving.

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