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.

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Some are plainly devastated; others remain fixed in their notion that the old policy saved a great country from starvation. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘One Child Nation’ review: China’s population control policy provokes a gripping personal documentary," 15 Aug. 2019 Machado said aside from stress, the animals tend to die from starvation after getting trapped. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Heartbreaking bird video shows how pest traps harm Texas wildlife," 9 Aug. 2019 Two horses have been rescued from a farm and are recovering from starvation. USA TODAY, "Gator captured, pledge restored, ailing giraffe put down: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 The cause was complications from starvation and malnourishment with the absence of medical care. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy who was starved, chained and kept in a dog collar died. His mother never knew he left the state," 4 June 2019 Many of the civilian casualties were children: in September 1968, the International Committee of the Red Cross estimated that almost ten thousand people died daily from starvation caused by Nigeria’s blockade of Biafra. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019 Hundreds of people died from starvation and exposure to the winter elements. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 2018 That leads to greater competition among the animals for limited food resources, putting them at greater risk of starvation. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "200 Reindeer Starved to Death. Experts Call It a Sign of Climate Change.," 31 July 2019 McCandless died, apparently of starvation, in the bus that year. Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times, "Hiker dies en route to abandoned bus made famous by ‘Into the Wild’," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of starvation

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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