- The definition of crave is to strongly desire.
An example of crave is a pregnant woman needing to eat chocolate ice cream.
transitive verbcraved, craving
- to ask for earnestly; beg
- to long for eagerly; desire strongly
- to be in great need of
Origin of craveMiddle English craven ; from Old English crafian, literally , to demand as right ; from base of cræft, strength, might: see craft
verbcraved craved, crav·ing, craves
- To have an intense desire for. See Synonyms at desire.
- To beg earnestly for: Your Honor, I crave the court's indulgence in this matter.
Origin of craveMiddle English craven, from Old English crafian, to beg.
(third-person singular simple present craves, present participle craving, simple past and past participle craved)
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.