(third-person singular simple present craves, present participle craving, simple past and past participle craved)
- To desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
- I know I should diet more, but every afternoon I crave a soda so I have one.
- To ask for earnestly.
- I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
From Middle English craven, from Old English crafian (“to crave, ask, implore, demand, summon”), from Proto-Germanic *krabōną (“to shrink, contract, be stiff, be firm”), from Proto-Indo-European *grep- (“hook, strength, force”). Cognate with Danish kræve (“to crave, ask, demand, require”), Norwegian kreve (“to demand”), Swedish kräva (“to demand, require”), Icelandic krefja (“to demand”), Icelandic krafa (“a demand, requirement”). Related to craft, grape.