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


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