starve

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verb \ˈstärv\

Definition of starve

starved

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starving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to perish from lack of foodb :  to suffer extreme hunger

  3. 2a archaic :  to die of coldb British :  to suffer greatly from cold

  4. 3 :  to suffer or perish from deprivation starved for affection

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1a :  to kill with hungerb :  to deprive of nourishmentc :  to cause to capitulate by or as if by depriving of nourishment

  7. 2 :  to destroy by or cause to suffer from deprivation

  8. 3 archaic :  to kill with cold

Examples of starve in a Sentence

  1. Without food they would starve.

  2. They left him to starve out in the desert.

  3. providing food for starving children

  4. They tried to starve their enemies into submission.

  5. It was clear that the dog had been starved.

  6. You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight.

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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



STARVE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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verb \ˈstärv\

Definition of starve for Students

starved

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starving

  1. 1 :  to suffer or die or cause to suffer or die from lack of food

  2. 2 :  to suffer or cause to suffer from a lack of something other than food The dog was starving for affection.


Medical Dictionary

starve

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verb \ˈstärv\

Medical Definition of starve

starved

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starving

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to perish from lack of food

  4. 2:  to suffer extreme hunger

  5. 1

  6. transitive verb

  7. :  to kill with hunger

  8. 2:  to deprive of nourishment



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