v. craved, crav·ing, craves
1. To have an intense desire for. See Synonyms at desire.
2. To beg earnestly for: Your Honor, I crave the court's indulgence in this matter.
To have an intense desire for something
[Middle English craven, from Old English crafian, to beg.]
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