crav·​ing | \ ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio) \

Definition of craving

: an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing a craving for chocolate a craving for new experiences

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Examples of craving in a Sentence

I had a sudden craving for french fries, so I pulled into the nearest fast-food restaurant. a pregnant woman with a craving for pickles
Recent Examples on the Web But as a bonus, a diffuser can double as a humidifier that will discharge moisture into your home, something your body will be craving especially when your heater is at full blast. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "What is hygge? Shop the super-cozy Scandinavian home trend," 27 Dec. 2019 Inside ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Union served up the type of brutal honesty everyone was craving, but up until that point, was rarely experienced. Danielle Young, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Says Her Viral ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Speech Changed Everything," 20 Dec. 2019 Bali’s hardy candy assortment tub, which is made from Sumatran coffee and includes three varieties, Coffee Candy, Latte Candy and Espresso Candy, will fulfill your friend’s coffee craving. Alicia Kortendick, al, "Get your coffee-loving friend a gift for National Coffee Day," 26 Sep. 2019 In fact, this midsummer mood just means our craving for a vacation is at an all-time high. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "You Can Stay in This Bubble Hotel in Mexico's Wine Country for $145 a Night," 7 Aug. 2019 In a way, her strangeness, her naïveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Toni Morrison was both a mirror and a map who reflected experience back to us," 6 Aug. 2019 Her favorite cold weather craving is lentil soup, according to InStyle. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Reese Witherspoon's Diet Includes Lots of Fried Chicken and Biscuits," 14 July 2019 But, underneath, capturing their attention was just a super craving for connection. Washington Post, "Ani DiFranco: ‘It was very hard in the beginning to put my inconvenient truths into song’," 18 June 2019 Today, a man like Mr. Martinez could satisfy his leopard craving with a woolly cardigan from Stella McCartney or a black-and-white fleece jacket by Los Angeles upstart Noon Goons. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of craving

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craving

see crave

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The first known use of craving was in 1633

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14 Jan 2020

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“Craving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of craving

: a very strong desire for something


crav·​ing | \ ˈkrā-viŋ How to pronounce craving (audio) \

Kids Definition of craving

: a great desire or longing I have a craving for pizza.

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