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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When people stop using it, withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, psychosis, and intense drug cravings. Alexis Stevens, The Seattle Times, "Georgia tallies meth’s toll: Nearly 20 percent of those killed by police in state test positive for it," 20 Nov. 2018 The tweets don’t inspire cravings; they inspiring identification. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "What happens when processed meat slices stop being polite ... and start getting real.," 28 Sep. 2018 That is compared to just one in five older adults (55 and older); 60 percent of this older age group uses snacks as a means to curb cravings. Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018 Prior to giving birth to Crew back in June, Joanna's pregnancy cravings were in high gear. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's Exactly What Joanna Gaines Eats in a Day to Power Through Her Busy Schedule," 24 July 2018 Dinners at home often evolve into shifts, depending on appetites and cravings before kids disappear deep into their iPads. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive a Family Vacation," 20 July 2018 Other employers are doling out small changes in job titles, or micro-promotions, to satisfy millennial workers’ craving for feedback, says Carolyn Betts Fleming, founder and CEO of Betts Recruiting in San Francisco. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Promotion That Comes Without the Pay Raise," 22 Aug. 2018 Not even New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick can resist the craving for Chick-fil-A, as evidenced in a viral video of the NFL legend recently ordering at a drive-thru window. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Bill Belichick hits Chick-fil-A drive-thru looking ‘slightly exasperated, indifferent, and annoyed’," 1 June 2018 Substituting an equally stimulating, but more positive activity, such as exercising, could satisfy the craving for heightened arousal. Scott Glassman,, "Is it time to look away? Health effects of watching violence in the media," 14 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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