starve

starve
S3 [sta:v US sta:rv] v
[: Old English; Origin: steorfan 'to die']
1.)
to suffer or die because you do not have enough to eat
Thousands of people will starve if food doesn't reach the city.
pictures of starving children
They'll either die from the cold or starve to death (=die from lack of food) .
2.) [T]
to prevent someone from having enough food to live
The poor dog looked like it had been starved.
3.) be starving [i]also be starved AmE
to be very hungry
You must be starving!
starve of [starve sb/sth of sth] phr v
to not give something that is needed
The schools are starved of funding.
The poor kid's just starved for attention.
starve out [starve sb<=>out] phr v
to force someone to leave a place by preventing them from getting food
If we can't blast them out, we'll starve them out!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Starve — Starve, v. t. 1. To destroy with cold. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • starve — [ starv ] verb * intransitive to suffer or die because there is not enough food: There are people out there who are starving because of your actions. a. transitive to make someone suffer or die by preventing them from having enough food: They… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Starve — (st[aum]rv), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Starved} (st[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Starving}.] [OE. sterven to die, AS. steorfan; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.] 1. To die; to perish. [Obs., except in the sense of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • starve — O.E. steorfan to die (pt. stearf, pp. storfen), from P.Gmc. *sterban be stiff (Cf. O.Fris. sterva, Du. sterven, O.H.G. sterban to die, O.N. stjarfi tetanus ), from PIE root *ster stiff, rigid (Cf. Gk …   Etymology dictionary

  • starve — [stärv] vi. starved, starving [ME sterven < OE steorfan, to die, perish, akin to Ger sterben: see START] 1. a) to die from lack of food b) to suffer or become weak from hunger c) Informal to be ravenously hungry …   English World dictionary

  • starve — UK US /stɑːv/ verb [T, often passive] ► if a company, etc. is starved of something necessary or good, it does not receive enough of it: starve sth of sth »His predecessor in the job had starved the business of capital investment. be starved… …   Financial and business terms

  • starve — starve; starve·ling; …   English syllables

  • starve — ► VERB 1) suffer or die from hunger. 2) cause to starve. 3) (be starving or starved) informal feel very hungry. 4) (be starved of or US for) be deprived of. DERIVA …   English terms dictionary

  • starve — v. 1) (D; tr.) to starve into (to starve smb. into submission) 2) (misc.) to starve to death; to starve oneself to death * * * [stɑːv] to starve oneself to death (misc.) to starve to death (D;tr.) to starve into (to starve smb. into submission) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • starve — 01. Many people in North Korea [starved] to death during the famine there. 02. A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it [starves] to death. 03. Apparently, if an insect chews on gum, its jaws will stick together, and it will… …   Grammatical examples in English

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