From Middle English craven, from Old English crafian (“to crave, ask, implore, demand, summon”), from Proto-Germanic *krabōnan (“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.
- (transitive) To want strongly as to satisfy an appetite. To long for, to yearn.
- I know I should diet more, but every afternoon I crave a soda so I have one.
- (transitive) Ask earnestly.
- I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
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