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 Reflective of a collective craving for travel, the compact suitcase seems perfect for its era: shiny and hopeful, with a nod to the past. New York Times, 10 Sep. 2021 An unusual craving clued her in that she was headed toward labor. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 7 Sep. 2021 While this inquiry has only just begun, in the meantime if you’re hit with a late night craving, make sure to check out the ‘McBroken’ map to see if your local McDonald’s ice cream machine is in working order. Rayna Reid, Essence, 3 Sep. 2021 A year earlier, Arthur Conan Doyle published the first of his stories featuring detective Sherlock Holmes, tales which would feed a craving for mystery-solving in the wake of the Ripper’s murders. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 Another element of happiness is the craving to learn, grow and stretch. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Even the way that online bookshelves mimic real ones evoke our craving to connect our identities to physical books and physical shelves, Pressman writes. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Early in his presidency, the Trump show -- with its crazed West Wing antics and his craving for attention -- was exhausting and distracting, but ultimately not a threat to the republic. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 Netflix's July offerings might have something to satisfy your craving. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Craving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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