- 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.
- to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin of crave
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Examples from the Web for crave
White Southerners crave an innocent past, a personal distance from the sins of their ancestors.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
The mad tend to crave it, many of the sane crave it, but the wise worry about its long-term side effects.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories
September 14, 2014
The irony in it all is that our bodies need, if not crave, Vitamin D—and more than a chewable tablet.Is the Facekini the Future of Beachwear?
August 23, 2014
But no matter that difference, we crave to own and co-opt, rather than necessarily understand, it.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession
June 17, 2014
The most popular dish is the totto spicy ramen, a standout for those who crave heat.Underground Ramen’s Mainstream Moment
May 12, 2014
"I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.Philothea
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
- (when intr, foll by for or after) to desire intensely; long (for)
- (tr) to need greatly or urgently
- (tr) to beg or plead for
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.