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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Lucky for you and your fall food cravings, though, the experts in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen are sharing their best tips for mastering this advanced baking trick: 1. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 Those emotional roller coaster rides, food cravings, and body aches are the result of hormonal changes the week or two before your period arrives, so don't let anyone tell you differently. Elizabeth Kiefer, Teen Vogue, "What Is A Period? 10 Things To Know About Your Menstrual Cycle," 6 Sep. 2018 That would explain some of his recent cravings, and also his newfound fears. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: ‘Exquisite Agony,’ a Heart-to-Heart With a Dead Man," 11 June 2018 An astonishingly high rate of opioid prescription in Humboldt County has bred addiction, officials said, and the craving is increasingly sated by a growing market for heroin. Jose A. Del Real, New York Times, "Needle by Needle, a Heroin Crisis Grips California’s Rural North," 8 May 2018 For Esquire, Langhorne shares his recipe, perfect for upscale snacking on Super Bowl Sunday—or whenever the craving hits. Nate Erickson, Esquire, "Spice Up Your Super Bowl Sunday with 'Redneck Doritos'," 31 Jan. 2018 There are plenty of tricks to use on a daily basis to get past the cravings and enjoy the social aspect of eating without feeling deprived. Caroline Manzo, Woman's Day, "Caroline's Blog: How to Enjoy Special Events Without Gaining Weight," 23 Oct. 2014 One is teaching the value of a dollar in a nearly cashless society in which cravings can be sated by using the Amazon or Seamless apps on Mommy’s iPhone. John Brodie, Town & Country, "How to Talk to Your Children About Money," 29 Jan. 2019 This isn’t your standard sparkly polish—the glitz the fashion crowd is currently craving is flashing, full-on, and fun. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Glitter Manicure Shades for Sparkly Days and Starry Nights," 30 Dec. 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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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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