1. (verb) (-hia,-ia,-tia) to desire, feel an inclination for, wish.
Nō Tāneroroa ka hapū, ka mina ki te kiko kararehe, ka tonoa tana tāne, a Uengapuanake ki te patu mai i ngā kurī a Tūrangaimua (JPS 1949:373). / When Tāneroroa was pregnant she had a craving for animal flesh and sent her husband, Uengapuanake to kill the dogs of Tūrangaimua.
2. (noun) desire, want, wish, aspiration, longing, appetite.
Tērā tētahi tangata kei te mōhiotia e mātou, he kaha ki te kai paipa i mua tata ake nei, ā, i mea ia e kore rawa e taea e ia te whakarere taua paipa. Engari nā te mate, ka whakapakari ia ki te whakarere. I tino mate ia i te mina a te tuatahi, engari whakamomori tonu, ā, ināianei kua kore rawa taua kai e minaia e ia (TP 10/1911:1). / There is a man we know who was a keen smoker until recently, and he said he would never be able to give up his pipe. But because he was sick, he was determined to stop. He really craved for it at first, but he was desperate and now he no longer desires that substance.