\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But why do some people seem to crave soda after soda, while others can have just one and be satisfied? Lisa Drayer, CNN, "What makes soda so addictive?," 28 Oct. 2019 The haunted houses will open at 7 p.m. For those who crave a deeper dive into the terrifying technicalities of putting on such a macabre attraction, four behind-the-scenes tours are planned every hour starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Kari Barnett,, "Fright Nights scares up more screams with expanded schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 The presence of either might inspire a person to crave being in a relationship bubble. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Mom doesn’t want to clean up after two humans," 30 June 2019 The presence of either might inspire a person to crave being in a relationship bubble. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: New mom tired of changing diapers and cleaning up after Gramps," 30 June 2019 The presence of either might inspire a person to crave being in a relationship bubble. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Mom doesn’t want to clean up after 2 humans," 30 June 2019 After a glut of shopping opportunities at New York auctions in May and at the Swiss fair Art Basel this month, jaded collectors are descending on London craving novelty, not safe bets. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art Collectors Get Picky at London Auctions," 23 June 2019 For those craving a sweet treat sans gluten, Fonuts specializes in baked donuts made using almond flour. Theo Stroomer, National Geographic, "This is the donut capital of the United States," 5 June 2019 In America the royals are equally adored, but the people don’t crave the Queen or her family as head of state. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of crave was before the 12th century

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How to pronounce crave (audio)

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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