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”), Norwegian kreve (“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
- (transitive) To ask for earnestly; to beg; to claim.
- I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
- (transitive, obsolete) To call for; to require as a course of action.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- It is the bright day that brings forth the adder and that craves wary walking
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-”.
- Alternative form of
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of cravar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of cravar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of cravar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of cravar
crave f (plural craves)