From Middle English craven, from Old English crafian (“to crave, ask, implore, demand, summon”), from Proto-Germanic *krabōną (“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 desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
- I know I should diet more, but every afternoon I crave a soda so I have one.
- Edmund Gurney
- His path is one that eminently craves weary walking.
- (transitive) To ask for earnestly.
- I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
- I crave your honour's pardon.
- Bible, Mark xv. 43
- Joseph […] went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
- (law, Scotland) A formal application to a court to make a particular order.