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

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But pretty soon, the white overwhelmed and Mekea's craving for color—and lots of it—kicked in. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The 34-year-old went to the convenience store in Dover, Delaware, on Wednesday evening with a craving for a sandwich, according to WBOC. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "She didn't like her sandwich, and used pepper spray and hot coffee to make that clear, Delaware cops say | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 Establishing a ritual of skin care assuaged my bone-deep craving for control. Rachel Vorona Cote, SELF, "Why I Embraced Skin Care After My Mother's Death," 18 Apr. 2019 Jordyn escorted Kylie to her doctors appointments, indulged in her cravings with her, and obviously was there in the delivery room during the birth. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods' Friendship," 21 Feb. 2019 Naturally, there's also a 24-hour butler, for all your late night cravings. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Newly Renovated Las Vegas Villas Cost Up to $40,000 a Night," 17 July 2018 After making the switch to sugar-free gum to regulate her cravings, Linda has been able to kick smoking for good. Michael Boyce, USA TODAY, "These 3 lives were changed forever with the choice to quit smoking," 25 May 2018 In addition to strong cravings for nicotine, those symptoms might include anxiety, irritability, and insomnia, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Bella Hadid’s New Year’s Resolution Is to Give Up Her JUUL: 'So Far So Good!'," 8 Jan. 2019 Tending to those canine cravings can mean some long walks and lots of love, and having a backyard certainly helps (so, city-dwellers, long walks it is, then?). Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Guide to dog-friendly destinations and activities in Chicago," 13 Aug. 2017

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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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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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