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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.



crave (third-person singular simple present craves, present participle craving, simple past and past participle craved)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To ask for earnestly.
    I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
    • Shakespeare
      I crave your honour's pardon.
    • Bible, Mark xv. 43
      Joseph [] went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.


Derived terms[edit]

  • craving





  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of cravar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of cravar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of cravar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of cravar