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Crave definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRAVE, v.t.
1. To ask with earnestness or importunity; to beseech; to implore; to ask with submission or humility, as a dependent; to beg; to entreat.
As for my nobler friends, I crave their pardons.
Joseph--went in boldly to Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. Mark 15.
2. To call for, as a gratification; to long for; to require or demand, as a passion or appetite; as, the stomach or appetite craves food.
3. Sometimes intransitively, with for before the thing sought; as, I crave for mercy.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: have a craving, appetite, or great desire for [syn: crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust]
2: plead or ask for earnestly

Merriam Webster's

verb (craved; craving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to crave, demand Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to ask for earnestly ; beg, demand <crave a pardon for neglect> 2. a. to want greatly ; need <craves drugs> b. to yearn for <crave a vanished youth> intransitive verb to have a strong or inward desire <craves after affection> Synonyms: see desire craver noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. a long for (craved affection). b beg for (craves a blessing). 2 intr. (foll. by for) long for; beg for (craved for comfort). Derivatives: craver n. Etymology: OE crafian, rel. to ON krefja

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crave Crave (kr[=a]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Craved (kr[=a]vd); p pr. & vb. n. Craving.] [AS. crafian; akin to Icel. krefja, Sw. kr[aum]fva, Dan. kr[ae]ve.] 1. To ask with earnestness or importunity; to ask with submission or humility; to beg; to entreat; to beseech; to implore. I crave your honor's pardon. --Shak. Joseph . . . went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. --Mark xv. 43. 2. To call for, as a gratification; to long for; hence, to require or demand; as, the stomach craves food. His path is one that eminently craves weary walking. --Edmund Gurney. Syn: To ask; seek; beg; beseech; implore; entreat; solicit; request; supplicate; adjure.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crave Crave, v. i. To desire strongly; to feel an insatiable longing; as, a craving appetite. Once one may crave for love. --Suckling.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(craves, craving, craved) If you crave something, you want to have it very much. There may be certain times of day when smokers crave their cigarette... You may be craving for some fresh air. VERB: V n, V for n, also V to-inf craving (cravings) ...a craving for sugar. ...her craving to be loved. N-COUNT: usu with supp

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Entreat, beseech, beg, solicit, implore, supplicate. 2. Desire, long for, hunger for, wish for, yearn for, hanker after.

Moby Thesaurus

ache, adjure, appeal, appeal to, apply for, ask, ask for, aspire after, beg, beg leave, beseech, bespeak, brace, call for, call for help, call on, call upon, choose, clamor for, conjure, covet, crave after, crawl after, cry for, cry on, cry to, demand, desiderate, desire, dream, entreat, file for, hanker, hanker after, hunger, hunger after, impetrate, implore, importune, imprecate, indent, invoke, kneel to, lust, lust after, make a request, make a requisition, make application, necessitate, obtest, order, pant after, pine, plead, plead for, pray, put in for, request, require, requisition, run mad after, run to, sigh, supplicate, take, thirst, thirst after, want, whistle for, wish


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