craving

[krey-ving]

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see crave, -ing1

cravingly, adverb
cravingness, noun
uncraving, adjective
uncravingly, adverb


See desire.
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crave

[kreyv]
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:
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.
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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]
 
'craver
 
n

craving (ˈkreɪvɪŋ)
 
n
an intense desire or longing

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crave
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
The intensity of the craving remodels those pleasure circuits, causing desire
  to outpace pleasure.
Other side effects will include unnatural strength, a peculiar garlic allergy,
  and a strong craving for only liquid nourishment.
The new research tells us that our vulnerability to a craving for chocolate is
  at opposite ends of the spectrum.
No wonder audiences emerge from his welling operas bushed and craving a smoke.
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