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Definition of crave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crave

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kreɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crave
    BrE BrE//kreɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪv//
     
    he / she / it craves
    BrE BrE//kreɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪvz//
     
    past simple craved
    BrE BrE//kreɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪvd//
     
    past participle craved
    BrE BrE//kreɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪvd//
     
    -ing form craving
    BrE BrE//ˈkreɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪvɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] crave (for) something | crave to do something to have a very strong desire for something synonym long for She has always craved excitement. to crave alcohol/drugs/sweet food/carbohydrates/cigarettes/coffee
  2. 2[transitive] crave something (British English, old use) to ask for something seriously I must crave your pardon.
  3. Word Origin Old English crafian (in the sense ‘demand, claim as a right’), of Germanic origin; related to Swedish kräva, Danish kræve ‘demand’. The current sense dates from late Middle English.Extra examples to crave alcohol/​drugs/​sweet food/​carbohydrates/​cigarettes/​coffee
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