Engrave vs Crave - What's the difference?

engrave | crave |

As verbs the difference between engrave and crave

is that engrave is while crave is to desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.



Alternative forms

* (l)

Etymology 1

From earlier ingrave, equivalent to . More at (l).


  • (lb) To carve text or symbols into (something), usually for the purposes of identification or art.
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  • *:Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ ("I never) understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
  • (lb) To carve (something) into a material.
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  • Synonyms
    * carve, etch, inscribe

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (obsolete) To put in a grave, to bury.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
  • So both agree their bodies to engraue ; / The great earthes wombe they open to the sky [...].


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  • To desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
  • I know I should diet more, but every afternoon I crave a soda so I have one.
  • * Edmund Gurney
  • His path is one that eminently craves weary walking.
  • To ask for earnestly.
  • I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I crave your honour's pardon.
  • * Bible, Mark xv. 43
  • Joseph went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

    Derived terms

    * craving


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