Definition of starve
1a : to perish from lack of foodb : to suffer extreme hunger
2a archaic : to die of coldb British : to suffer greatly from cold
3 : to suffer or perish from deprivation starved for affection
1a : to kill with hungerb : to deprive of nourishmentc : to cause to capitulate by or as if by depriving of nourishment
2 : to destroy by or cause to suffer from deprivation
3 archaic : to kill with cold
Examples of starve in a sentence
Without food they would starve.
They left him to starve out in the desert.
providing food for starving children
They tried to starve their enemies into submission.
It was clear that the dog had been starved.
You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight.
Origin and Etymology of starve
Middle English sterven to die, starve, from Old English steorfan to die; akin to Old High German sterban to die, and probably to Lithuanian starinti to stiffen — more at stare
First Known Use: 15th century
STARVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of starve for English Language Learners
: to suffer or die from lack of food : to suffer extreme hunger
: to cause (a person or animal) to suffer or die because of lack of food
: to want or need something very much
STARVE Defined for Kids
Definition of starve for Students
1 : to suffer or die or cause to suffer or die from lack of food
2 : to suffer or cause to suffer from a lack of something other than food The dog was starving for affection.
Medical Definition of starve
intransitive verb: to perish from lack of food
2: to suffer extreme hunger
transitive verb: to kill with hunger
2: to deprive of nourishment
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