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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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Examples from the web for crave
  • Consumers crave two things: familiarity and novelty.
  • If you eat rice cakes all day you will not be happy, especially if it's not rice cakes that you crave.
  • It also lends a strong explanation to why people crave respect and want to be around those that have it already.
  • The terrain you crave may be rugged, but your body layer can still be feminine.
  • First, learn the difference between nutritious food and the foods you crave.
  • We have to put things through our minds to make sense of them, and our minds crave pattern and order.
  • Because you tend to crave new things and excitement, you may put yourself in risky situations.
  • Those who crave attention or formal recognition should consider another line of work.
  • After the wrenching economic crisis of the past year, people crave stability and predictability-in short, normalcy.
  • Do eliminate odors with a box of baking soda or if you crave a scent, make some home-made potpourri.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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