From Middle English craven, from Old English crafian (“to crave, ask, implore, demand, summon”), from Proto-Germanic *krafjaną (“to demand”). Cognate with Danish kræve (“to demand, require”), Swedish kräva (“to crave, demand”), Icelandic krefja (“to demand”).
- (transitive, intransitive) To desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
- to crave for peaceto crave after wealthto crave drugs
- (Can we date this quote by Edmund Gurney and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- His path is one that eminently craves weary walking.
- (transitive) To ask for earnestly; to beg; to claim.
- I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
crave (plural craves)
- Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, s. v. “*krabēn-” and “*krēbi-”.