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starve

starve

 
 
pronunciation:
starv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: starved, starves, starving
definition 1: to die or suffer from not eating and drinking.
The drought caused many people to starve.The poor child starved to death.
similar words:
famish
definition 2: (informal) to feel a need of food; be hungry.
I skipped lunch and now I'm starving.
definition 3: to feel a great desire for something of which one has been deprived (usu. fol. by for).
She was starving for excitement and adventure.He was starving for his mother's affection.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to kill or cause to suffer by depriving of food.
They starved the prisoners.
definition 2: to bring to a certain state by causing hunger.
They starved the city into surrendering.
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derivation: starving (adj.)
Word Builder: starve +
  • starving:
    very hungry; having no or too little food.
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  food