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verb (used with object), craved, crav·ing.
  1. to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: to crave sweets; to crave affection.
  2. to require; need: a problem craving prompt attention.
  3. to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
  4. to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
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verb (used without object), craved, crav·ing.
  1. to beg or plead (usually followed by 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
Related formscrav·er, noun


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

Word Origin

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



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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