View synonyms for craving


[ krey-ving ]


  1. great or eager desire; yearning.


/ ˈkreɪvɪŋ /


  1. an intense desire or longing
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Other Words From

  • craving·ly adverb
  • craving·ness noun
  • un·craving adjective
  • un·craving·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of craving1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; crave, -ing 1
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Synonym Study

See desire.
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Example Sentences

It’s a lot of the negative states and the craving and anxiety.

Last year, we finished a little larger study — and still not large, but we replicated the results where we showed that CBD reduced cue-induced craving and cue-induced anxiety in people who have a heroin-use disorder.

A week later, they still showed reduction in their craving and anxiety.

There is no takeout order that will meet the craving, which is as much about the environment surrounding a plate of chicken as it is about the blend of spices or the kiss of smoke that permeates each bite.

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While most period-tracking apps are geared toward ovulation and fertility, a growing number like Clue and Flo allow women to log exercise and energy levels as well as more traditional symptoms like cramps and cravings.

They were tired of the fare at restaurants catering to tourists and were craving something a bit more authentic.

Well, one that caters to the freedom-craving world of Juggalos.

How about a world away from job-craving America, and light years from the mid-twentieth century Democratic Party.

High off success with their Fantasy Football league, the group was craving even more competition.

Craving a change of scenery, I decide to leave the InStyle/Warner Bros. party.

If the craving for religion were universal these young folk would not be free from spiritual hunger.

As they are free from spiritual hunger, I conclude that the craving for religion is not born in us, but must be inculcated.

Opium-smoking is a vice not only deleterious in itself, but one indulged in merely to satisfy a morbid craving.

Then, one night Bud dreamed again of Marie, and awoke with an insistent craving for the oblivion of drunkenness.

As the spring comes one has the craving for fresh, green food that a monotonous diet produces.