American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To have an intense desire for. See Synonyms at desire.
- v. To need urgently; require.
- v. To beg earnestly for; implore. See Synonyms at beg.
- v. To have an eager or intense desire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ask with earnestness or importunity; beseech; implore; ask with submission or humility, as a dependant; beg or entreat for.
- To long for or eagerly desire, as a means of gratification; require or demand, in order to satisfy appetite or passion.
- To demand a debt; dun: as, I craved him wherever I met him.
- Synonyms Ask, Request, Beg, etc. (see ask), to yearn for, desire; to pray for.
- To ask earnestly; beg; sue; plead: with for.
- v. transitive To want strongly as to satisfy an appetite. To long for, to yearn.
- v. transitive Ask earnestly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To ask with earnestness or importunity; to ask with submission or humility; to beg; to entreat; to beseech; to implore.
- v. To call for, as a gratification; to long for; hence, to require or demand.
- v. To desire strongly; to feel an insatiable longing.
- v. plead or ask for earnestly
- v. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English craven, from Old English crafian, to beg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The only way unaccomplished inadequates like Brown and Blair can get their hands on the riches, power and status they crave is through control and manipulation of us, the great unwashed of England - while they asset strip our country and sell it to the highest bidder.”
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