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starve

 
 
pronunciation:
starv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: starves, starving, starved
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").
The teenager was starving for excitement and adventure.The boy 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.)
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  • starving:
    very hungry; having no or too little food.
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  food