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crave

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verb \ˈkrāv\

Simple Definition of crave

  • : to have a very strong desire for (something)

Full Definition of crave

cravedcrav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ask for earnestly :  beg, demand <crave a pardon for neglect>

  3. 2 a :  to want greatly :  need <craves drugs> b :  to yearn for <crave a vanished youth>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to have a strong or inward desire <craves after affection>

crav·er noun

Examples of crave

  1. Like many celebrities, he craves attention.

  2. I was craving french fries, so I pulled into the nearest fast-food restaurant.



Origin of crave

Middle English, from Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to crave, demand


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of crave

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim <desires to start a new life>. wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable <wishes for permanent world peace>. want specifically suggests a felt need or lack <wants to have a family>. crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need <craves sweets>. covet implies strong envious desire <covets his rise to fame>.

CRAVE Defined for Kids

crave

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verb \ˈkrāv\

Definition of crave

cravedcrav·ing

  1. 1 :  to want greatly :  long for <crave chocolate> <The stray dog craved affection.>

  2. 2 :  to ask for earnestly <“Sire, there is a messenger from the enemy who craves audience.” — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>





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