crav·​ing | \ˈkrā-viŋ \

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

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An addiction to making people laugh and a craving for love? Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: A sad clown and a happy collector," 12 July 2018 Perhaps this trend toward extreme luxury reflects a craving for formality among designers and their customers in the face of hoodie culture. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "In Our Sweatshirted Times, These Brands Are Going All In on Extreme Luxury," 18 June 2018 If comfort is your craving, practice getting comfy with whatever sensations are arising. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes April 16-22," 14 Apr. 2018 Sure, that’s what America is craving, lessons in morality and social deportment from some of the most privileged, narcissistic people in the entire country. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ask Mick LaSalle: Were intimate scenes of Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow’ prurient?," 28 Mar. 2018 While sometimes only the full-figured, sugary indulgence of red-label Coca-Cola will truly satisfy a craving, more practical beverages often will do the trick—witness Coke Zero. Car and Driver, "2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment," 30 Jan. 2018 Another month, another week doubled over in pain from cramps, another craving for an abnormal amount of chocolate. Beth Anne Macaluso, Redbook, "8 Reasons Your Period Could Change As You Get Older," 27 Dec. 2017 This premodern craving for a world in which everyone and everything has a place surfaces time and again, in the royal nuptials, in feudal fiction, even in the gilded carriage denied Trump. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 An addict’s regrets are seldom as strong as his cravings, and the film is a compassionate, apolitical glimpse into the chasm between the two. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of craving

: a very strong desire for something


crav·​ing | \ˈkrā-viŋ \

Kids Definition of craving

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

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