Definition of crave in English:

crave

verb

[with object]
  • 1Feel a powerful desire for (something)

    ‘if only she had shown her daughter the love she craved’
    no object ‘Will craved for family life’
    • ‘He craves his father's respect and his father's love, but has long known that he can never have the latter, and the former is always tainted.’
    • ‘They need love and crave intimacy yet often feel cornered, pressured.’
    • ‘There is hope at last for all those poor souls who desperately crave some winter sunshine.’
    • ‘He also craves human company and is very affectionate, but like most parrots has a fierce bite when he wants to.’
    • ‘Some critics have pointed to this as the key to unlock his psychology; he lost his mother, the thinking goes, and so craves the love of an audience.’
    • ‘Sixty per cent of those polled said they regularly craved certain foods and drinks.’
    • ‘I do not subscribe to the view that there is something innate in human beings that craves the thrill of violence.’
    • ‘Charlie roams the streets at night and goes into movie theaters, craving human interaction.’
    • ‘Now that the crisis was over, my hunger had returned and I was craving a cheeseburger.’
    • ‘Kendall loves it, craves it and can put up with almost anything if there's a chance she's going to experience it.’
    • ‘Despite her love of the estate, Iris craved intellectual outlets, and until the war she travelled constantly, usually alone.’
    • ‘We crave originality, we demand credibility and we hope for something that sets the heart racing and the mind working overtime.’
    • ‘She drives herself towards real danger, craving it and seeking it out whatever the cost, but is all the time consumed by feelings of self-hate and worthlessness.’
    • ‘They're human beings like you and me; they crave love, acceptance and security.’
    • ‘To relieve those feelings, the brain craves another drink.’
    • ‘I mean any girlfriend would crave the attention and touch of their boyfriend, right?’
    • ‘He could not tolerate waste and never craved human companionship.’
    • ‘Of course, there are people out there who like spam, who love and crave it.’
    • ‘Aside from a shared love of ice cream, however, men and women craved different foods.’
    • ‘I've also been craving different foods each day.’
    long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, dream of, aspire to, set one's heart on, have as one's aim, have as one's goal, seek, be bent on
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    1. 1.1archaic Ask for.
      ‘I must crave your indulgence’
      ask for, request, apply for, put in for, seek, beg, plead for, sue for, canvass, call for, drum up, press for
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Origin

Old English crafian (in the sense ‘demand, claim as a right’), of Germanic origin; related to Swedish kräva, Danish kræve ‘demand’. The current sense dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation

crave

/kreɪv/