Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have an intense desire for. See Synonyms at desire.
  • transitive v. To need urgently; require.
  • transitive v. To beg earnestly for; implore. See Synonyms at beg.
  • intransitive v. To have an eager or intense desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To want strongly as to satisfy an appetite. To long for, to yearn.
  • v. Ask earnestly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To desire strongly; to feel an insatiable longing.
  • transitive v. To ask with earnestness or importunity; to ask with submission or humility; to beg; to entreat; to beseech; to implore.
  • transitive v. To call for, as a gratification; to long for; hence, to require or demand.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. plead or ask for earnestly
  • v. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Etymologies

Middle English craven, from Old English crafian, to beg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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