\ 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

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Other Words from crave

craver noun

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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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However, by putting the food guests crave on a plate year after year, Currence has been able to authentically build Oxford’s culinary reputation across America while expanding his restaurant empire. Fortune, "Why the Most Successful Chefs and Restaurateurs Are Thankful for Their Failures," 14 Sep. 2019 Still, Shanley manages with lyrical economy to create a twisting battle of wills, building to the kind of satisfying confrontation scene audiences crave. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Doubt’ covered child abuse in the church a decade and a half ago. It’s still relevant.," 10 Sep. 2019 Based on the Predator Triton 900, these new systems have the latest Quadro GPUs for enhanced performance that creative professionals crave. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech From IFA 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 Seeing the cast together makes us crave another installment of Euphoria like, now. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "The "Euphoria" Cast Reunited to Support Zendaya at Her NYFW 2019 Tommy Hilfiger Show," 10 Sep. 2019 Some may come for the sublime sangria or tasty tapas, but those with a sweet tooth (one that craves a little spice on the side) may just pop in for these warm churros ($9). Amy Drew Thompson,, "Sweet & spicy churros at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort," 9 Sep. 2019 Systems like Six Sigma appeal to managers because they are rooted in the pursuit of predictability, and all managers crave predictability, says PwC’s Pino. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "Whatever happened to Six Sigma?," 3 Sep. 2019 No logical person could fault Greg for craving release from this environment, but his timing could be better. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 Power is what president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi craves. John Shea,, "Giants’ Bumgarner dominates Padres; homers from Belt, Yastrzemski," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of crave

: to have a very strong desire for (something)


\ 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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