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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What’s more, this craving continues to rise at this crazy clip as kids age: another infographic revealed tweens log an average of four hours and 36 minutes of screen time per day, while teens spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes on a screen. NBC News, "Realistic screen time solutions for kids (and their parents)," 22 Feb. 2018 Naltrexone, which is not an opioid, blocks the effect of opioids and eases cravings. Rita Giordano,, "Could marijuana help treat opioid addiction? Pennsylvania may soon find out," 6 July 2018 The closures, which are concentrated in urban areas where stores are clustered and rents are high, are a sign the coffee giant overestimated Americans’ caffeine cravings and expanded too quickly. Laine Higgins And, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 22 June 2018 But White's craving for the adrenaline rush in the cage drowned out his mentor's advice. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018 Last week, an emotional Johnson marveled at her freedom after more than two decades behind bars, grateful for a second chance -- and craving seafood. Jason Hanna And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Alice Johnson thanks Kim Kardashian West for her freedom in emotional first meeting," 14 June 2018 When an late-night snack craving strikes, try eating a spoonful of almond butter to help stabilize your blood sugar. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "We Asked a Doctor ALL the Questions You Had About Sleep," 29 May 2018 This is the place to fulfill all of your croquetas de jamon and cafecito cravings. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Stock Island is Key West's laid-back neighbor. Here's why you should go | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Satisfy your lunchtime burger (and beer) cravings There’s just no denying it at this point: New York burger chain Shake Shack has totally taken over Los Angeles. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Shake Shack is Opening in DTLA with Some Exclusive New Items," 6 Mar. 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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