verb (used with object), craved, crav·ing.

to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: to crave sweets; to crave affection.
to require; need: a problem craving prompt attention.
to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.

verb (used without object), craved, crav·ing.

to beg or plead (usually followed by for).

Origin of crave

before 1000; Middle English craven, Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to
Related formscrav·er, noun

Synonyms for crave

1. yearn for, hunger for. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crave

Contemporary Examples of crave

Historical Examples of crave

  • "I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • And oh, sir,” added Stephen, “may we crave a drop of water for our dog?

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Humanity hungers for international peace, and we crave it with all mankind.

  • I crave for the balm of Nature, the anodyne of solitude, the breath of Mother Earth.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • The boon I crave is that you will place it in my hands and let me die still grasping it.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for crave



(when intr, foll by for or after) to desire intensely; long (for)
(tr) to need greatly or urgently
(tr) to beg or plead for
Derived Formscraver, noun

Word Origin for crave

Old English crafian; related to Old Norse krefja to demand, krǣfr strong; see craft
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Word Origin and History for crave

Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cf. Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300). Related: Craved; craving.

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