Etymology
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crave (v.)

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

updated on May 05, 2018

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Definitions of crave from WordNet

crave (v.)
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for;
Synonyms: hunger / thirst / starve / lust
crave (v.)
plead or ask for earnestly;
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