starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Definition of starvation

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 My parents may have died due to starvation or because of the El Salvador War. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 Material squalor was matched by cultural deprivation (no books, magazines, or TV) and emotional starvation. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 In a report in May, 16 organizations including FAO and WFP said at least 155 million people faced acute hunger in 2020, including 133,000 who needed urgent food to prevent widespread death from starvation, a 20 million increase from 2019. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 During vegetation surveys this spring, researchers found 15 moose dead from starvation. Fox News, 12 July 2021 The researchers observed multiple eaglet deaths from starvation and did not locate any nests in areas with more than 70% deforestation. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 3 July 2021 Apart from starvation, deaths from boat collisions remain a serious issue for the less-than-maneuverable manatees. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2021 According to a statement from center staff, without rescue, these animals experience prolonged suffering and death, often from starvation. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Up to seven million of the marsupials died, mostly from starvation. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of starvation

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of starvation was in 1762

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25 Oct 2021

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“Starvation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starvation. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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starvation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of starvation

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

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Kids Definition of starvation

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

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \ stär-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce starvation (audio) \

Medical Definition of starvation

1 : the act or an instance of starving
2 : the state of being starved

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