crave (v.) Look up crave at
Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cognates: Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c. 1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c. 1300). Related: Craved; craving.