[ kreyv ]
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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.

  1. to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.

  2. to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.

verb (used without object),craved, crav·ing.
  1. to beg or plead (usually followed by for).

Origin of crave

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

Other words for crave

Other words from crave

  • craver, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crave in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crave


/ (kreɪv) /

  1. (when intr, foll by for or after) to desire intensely; long (for)

  2. (tr) to need greatly or urgently

  1. (tr) to beg or plead for

Origin of crave

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

Derived forms of crave

  • craver, noun

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