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

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

See desire. Unabridged


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]

craving (ˈkreɪvɪŋ)
an intense desire or longing

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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
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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