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crave

[ kreyv ]
/ kreɪv /
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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).

OTHER WORDS FOR crave

1 yearn for, hunger for.
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Origin of crave

before 1000; Middle English craven,Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to

OTHER WORDS FROM crave

craver, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crave

crave
/ (kreɪv) /

verb
(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 forms of crave

craver, noun

Word Origin for crave

Old English crafian; related to Old Norse krefja to demand, krǣfr strong; see craft
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