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crave

[kreyv] /kreɪv/
verb (used with object), craved, craving.
1.
to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly:
to crave sweets; to crave affection.
2.
to require; need:
a problem craving prompt attention.
3.
to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
4.
to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
verb (used without object), craved, craving.
5.
to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English craven, Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to
Related forms
craver, noun
Synonyms
1. yearn for, hunger for.
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Examples from the web for craved
  • It was a luxury no prince before him had enjoyed and exactly the normalcy he craved.
  • Tea is soothing, a quality to be craved in these stressful days.
  • Then my ears grew accustomed to the enhanced fidelity and craved something better.
  • Traders and their families craved produce from the gardens and used different methods to preserve vegetables for winter use.
  • They craved more luxuries and more entertainment than this primitive little border town afforded.
  • We have all craved a midnight snack, wanted something salty or needed some chocolate.
British Dictionary definitions for craved

crave

/kreɪv/
verb
1.
when intr, foll by for or after. to desire intensely; long (for)
2.
(transitive) to need greatly or urgently
3.
(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 craved

crave

v.

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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