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 ).

before 1000; Middle English craven, Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to

craver, noun

1. yearn for, hunger for. Unabridged
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crave (kreɪv)
vb (when intr, foll by for or after)
1.  to desire intensely; long (for)
2.  (tr) to need greatly or urgently
3.  (tr) to beg or plead for
[Old English crafian; related to Old Norse krefja to demand, krǣfr strong; see craft]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. crafian "demand by right," from N.Gmc. *krabojan, perhaps related to craft. Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300).
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Example sentences
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.
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