starvation

noun

star·​va·​tion stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of starving
2
: the state of being starved

Examples of starvation in a Sentence

The famine brought mass starvation. Millions of people face starvation every day.
Recent Examples on the Web Finally the authority may not want to be handed the keys to Gaza after Israel has inflicted such massive destruction to buildings and infrastructure, and left the population on the verge of starvation. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 The charges Netanyahu and Gallant could face for their role in Israel's current Gaza military campaign include international attacks on a civilian population, murder, persecution and starvation. Willem Marx, NPR, 20 May 2024 Your diet, according to the National Institutes of Health, should only be sufficient to prevent starvation by maintaining body weight and preventing nutrient depletions severe enough to result in failure of specific bodily functions. Ascend Agency, Baltimore Sun, 1 Mar. 2024 The coroner determined that Deshaun died of starvation. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for starvation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of starvation was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Starvation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starvation. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio)
: the act or an instance of starving : the state of being starved

Medical Definition

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of starving
2
: the state of being starved
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