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.
Recent Examples of starve from the Web
Then the rivers were restricted, by dams or levees, starving both deltas of new sediment.
Is Maduro really starving his people to pay off investors?
Red Army troops beat and starved the proletariat into submission.
Watch artists without starving: The River Arts District is a warehouse district along the French Broad River where industrial buildings have been converted into artists’ work spaces that are often open for watching the creating happen.
By comparison, the starving Irish got no treatment at all.
Getting desperate, so once again those on the 'left' will point fingers how this administration's budget is trying to poison lakes and rivers, darken the skies, starve children, deny food and medicine to the elderly and so on…
A vicious cycle starts, where the pancreas pumps out more insulin in a futile effort to reduce blood sugar levels while the cells starved of fuel needed for energy production send out signals for the body to eat more.
Here are 13 choices for summer fun (on American television or streaming services) that won’t starve your brain of oxygen.
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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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