Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

starvation

play
noun star·va·tion \stär-ˈvā-shən\

Simple Definition of starvation

  • : suffering or death caused by having nothing to eat or not enough to eat : the condition of someone who is starving

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of starvation

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of starving

  2. 2 :  the state of being starved

Examples of starvation in a sentence

  1. The famine brought mass starvation.

  2. Millions of people face starvation every day.



1778

First Known Use of starvation

1778



STARVATION Defined for Kids

starvation

play
noun star·va·tion \stär-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of starvation for Students

  1. :  suffering or death caused by lack of food :  the condition of being starved




Medical Dictionary

starvation

play
noun star·va·tion \stär-ˈvā-shən\

Medical Definition of starvation

  1. 1:  the act or an instance of starving

  2. 2:  the state of being starved





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up starvation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make consistent or congruous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommadate accomodate acommodate accommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ