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crave to (do something)

To want or long to do something. After all this rain, the kids are craving to play outside.
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crave to do something

Rur. to want to do something eagerly. I don't crave to ride the roller coaster, thank you. The kids have been craving to see that movie for weeks.
See also: crave, to
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Using PET scans to see which areas of the brain were most active in craving and satiety, a study found that three specific regions were active when the smokers craved cigarettes: the thalamus, the striatum, and the anterior cingulate gyrus.
Next, I increased magnesium in my patients who craved chocolate.
Such concerns, Stephens argues, acquired new urgency after 1400 under the pressure of the disasters of the fourteenth century, the rediscovery of classical materialism, and renewed controversy over the efficacy of the sacraments, resulting in an unacknowledged "crisis of faith." Stephens marvelously teases out the double-bind witchcraft theorists found themselves in: aware that contact with demons was morally wrong, they nevertheless craved contact in order to reassure themselves that demons were real; insisting on the reality of demons, they also had to rigorously repress their own doubts.
The strangest foods craved were: 1 Ice cubes (20%); 2 HP sauce - on everything (15%); 3 Lemons (12%); 4 Toothpaste (11%); 5 Gherkins - with everything (10%); 6 Sherbert (9%); 7 Condensed milk (8%); 8 Ham and chocolate sandwiches (6%); 9 Cider (5%); 10 Potatoes with mud on them (4%).
The strangest foods craved were: 1 Ice cubes (20pc); 2 HP sauce (oneverything) (15pc); 3 Lemons (12pc); 4 Toothpaste (11pc); 5 Gherkins (with everything) (10pc).
Asked what foods they craved on a daily basis, they said: ice cream/lollies/ice pops (23 per cent); chocolate (17 per cent); crisps (15 per cent); cheese (11 per cent) and pork pies (nine per cent).
According to the survey, 11 per cent of pregnant women said that they craved soap, while 6 per cent fancied chalk and 5 per cent said that they craved toothpaste.
"I noticed that those who craved, for example, crunchy snacks like crisps and crackers had chronic underlying anger issues, and they were taking their anger out on the crunchy food.
Three-quarters of the 500 expectant mothers asked craved strange mixtures, such as salmon and jam sandwiches.
Meanwhile, carbohydrates (bread, rice and pasta) are most craved by people who are stressed, tense or frightened.
Try swapping the craved food for something more nutritious like an apple, so that you won't feel deprived.
Chocolate, fruit and vegetables top the charts of the foods most commonly craved. The body's greater need to vitamins and minerals during pregnancy can also lead to unusual cravings such as chalk or coal.