Pronunciation Verb

crave (craves, present participle craving; past and past participle craved)

  1. (ambitransitive) To desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
    to crave for peaceto crave after wealthto crave drugs
    • His path is one that eminently craves weary walking.
  2. (transitive) To ask for earnestly; to beg; to claim.
    I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
    • circa 1596-97 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV scene i:
      My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
      The penalty and forfeit of my bond.
    • circa 1603-04 William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act II scene ii:
      I crave your honour's pardon.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 15:43 ↗:
      Joseph […] went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

crave (plural craves)

  1. (law, Scottish) A formal application to a court to make a particular order.
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