\ ˈkrāv How to pronounce crave (audio) \
craved; craving

Definition of crave

transitive verb

1 : to ask for earnestly : beg, demand crave a pardon for neglect
2a : to want greatly : need craves drugs craves attention
b : to yearn for crave a vanished youth

intransitive verb

: to have a strong or inward desire craves after affection

Other Words from crave

craver noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of crave in a Sentence

Like many celebrities, he craves attention. I was craving french fries, so I pulled into the nearest fast-food restaurant.
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First Known Use of crave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crave

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

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\ ˈkrāv How to pronounce crave (audio) \
craved; craving

Kids Definition of crave

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