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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And if your grandma forgot her famous apple pie at home, well, McDonald's Baked Apple Pie is there to curb your Thanksgiving pie cravings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here Are McDonald's Thanksgiving Hours, Just in Case You Don't Love Your Uncle's Turkey," 1 Aug. 2019 The most successful approaches are long term and involve providing medications, including methadone and buprenorphine, that satisfy cravings for opioids without making people high. Steve Hamm,, "675M pills: Prescription opioids targeted Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens," 1 Aug. 2019 His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval, and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Trump Clarification Syndrome," 23 Aug. 2019 But Lankford says many shooters express — whether in manifestos, interviews or online posts — a craving for the prestige of having their name and face in a major publication. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Mass shooters seek notoriety, and we, the media, provide it. Is there another way?," 12 Aug. 2019 Some saw in her primary victory a craving for change within the Democratic Party. CBS News, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The rookie congresswoman challenging the Democratic establishment," 23 June 2019 These cues can trigger a craving for the drug, creating anxiety that steers them straight back into addiction for relief. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cannabis Compound Eases Anxiety and Cravings of Heroin Addiction," 21 May 2019 Pack a mix of sweet and savory munchies to satisfy every craving. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "8 things to pack for vacation — and how to get them delivered before you go," 6 Aug. 2019 How about tapping into humans’ craving for seafood? Globe Staff,, "Cracking the secret of green crabs," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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