Wait a minute.

I have learned from books, English teachers, and friends of mine who are sticklers for correct usage that when using the verb crave, we do not add the preposition for. 


And so I lived happily ever after.

Until today.

I was fiddling with Maverick, the newest OS of Apple, and I checked out its newish Oxford Dictionary of English (the built-in app replacing the last OS’s Oxford American Dictionary).

The dictionary entry for crave now allows for. And gave me the example: Will craved for family life.

No way.

But wait. There’s more!

So do the other dictionaries:

  • Merriam-Webster uses after when using the intransitive verb crave  (to have a strong or inward desire). Example: craves after affection.
  • Collins Dictionary states that the intransitive verb crave is followed by for or by after.
  • Macmillan Dictionary gives this example: Lewis still craves for the recognition he feels he lacks in America.
  • Random House Dictionary states that when crave means “to beg or plead,” it is followed by for.

Oh well. Learning is sometimes unlearning.

Photo credit: Healing Hypnotherapy


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