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 With crawfish now coming back, look for more adaptations to field a familiar craving in unfamiliar times. Ian Mcnulty,, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 Left unchecked, food critics often develop an unhealthy craving for offensive, high-conflict imagery and start to seek out extreme comparisons over more balanced options. Theodore Gioia, The New Republic, "Death to the Negative Restaurant Review," 16 Dec. 2020 Tender and rich with dark cocoa, this is the chocolate cake to make when a craving strikes. Washington Post, "One-bowl snacking cakes are everything exhausted bakers need now," 15 Dec. 2020 Enjoy seeing other people succeed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Going out with friends may satisfy a craving to escape daily routines. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 5, 2020: Gemini, new contacts brighten your future; Libra, follow your instincts," 5 Dec. 2020 According to Swift, people also feel a deeper spiritual craving for authenticity. Estelle Erasmus, Wired, "Friends, Fleetwood Mac, and the Viral Comfort of Nostalgia," 8 Dec. 2020 For the tea lover: Sips by We checked out this tea subscription service in 2019 and loved it, and if anyone on your list loves trying out new teas or simply has a caffeine craving that can’t be curbed, look no further than Sips by. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "35 awesome gift subscription boxes and services for every type of person," 3 Nov. 2020 Sip on a hot cup of herbal tea, like ginger or chamomile, to sooth your craving and your belly. Oriahnn Native, Essence, "Period Hacks," 9 Dec. 2020 No matter your craving, continue supporting your favorite restaurants with takeout orders, especially while dine-in isn't an option for many. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Top Food Orders and Recipes That Got Us Through 2020," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Craving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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