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verb \ˈkrāv\

: to have a very strong desire for (something)


Full Definition of CRAVE

transitive verb
:  to ask for earnestly :  beg, demand <crave a pardon for neglect>
a :  to want greatly :  need <craves drugs>
b :  to yearn for <crave a vanished youth>
intransitive verb
:  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


verb \ˈkrāv\

Definition of CRAVE for Kids

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