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craving

[krey-ving] /ˈkreɪ vɪŋ/
noun
1.
great or eager desire; yearning.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see crave, -ing1
Related forms
cravingly, adverb
cravingness, noun
uncraving, adjective
uncravingly, adverb
Synonyms
See desire.

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
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 for craving
  • 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.
  • Their reception reflects a rarely satisfied national craving for sporting success.
  • Logging time in any port may cause a serious craving for seafood.
  • Scientists have identified a gene that plays a crucial role in controlling heroin craving and relapse behavior in rodents.
  • Dolloped with an equally simple fruit topping, it completely satisfies my craving.
  • But mankind's craving for puzzles goes far deeper than the ego.
  • It is always craving new and more tasty morsels-which may not be the best, or truest, things for anyone's digestion.
British Dictionary definitions for craving

craving

/ˈkreɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
an intense desire or longing

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 craving

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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