Definitions for starvestɑrv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

starvestɑrv(v.)starved, starv•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to weaken, waste, or die from lack of food.

    Category: Pathology

  2. to be extremely hungry:

    When do we eat? I'm starving.

    Category: Pathology, Common Vocabulary

  3. to feel a strong need or desire:

    a child starving for affection.

  4. Chiefly Brit. Dial. to perish or suffer extremely from cold.

    Category: British

  5. Obs. to die.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to starve; kill, weaken, or reduce by lack of food.

    Category: Pathology

  7. to subdue, or force to some condition or action, by hunger.

  8. to cause to suffer for lack of something needed or craved.

  9. Chiefly Brit. Dial. to cause to perish, or to suffer extremely, from cold.

    Category: British

Origin of starve:

bef. 1000; OE steorfan to die, c. OFris sterva, OS, OHG sterban

Princeton's WordNet

  1. starve, hunger, famish(verb)

    be hungry; go without food

    "Let's eat--I'm starving!"

  2. starve, famish(verb)

    die of food deprivation

    "The political prisoners starved to death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"

  3. starve, famish(verb)

    deprive of food

    "They starved the prisoners"

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust(verb)

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

  5. starve(verb)

    deprive of a necessity and cause suffering

    "he is starving her of love"; "The engine was starved of fuel"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. starve(verb)ɑrv

    to be or cause to be without food for a long period

    to starve to death; Prison officials starved the prisoners.


  1. starve(Verb)

    To die; in later use especially to die slowly, waste away.

  2. starve(Verb)

    To die because of lack of food or of not eating.

  3. starve(Verb)

    To be very hungry.

    Hey, ma, I'm starving!

  4. starve(Verb)

    To destroy, make capitulate or at least make suffer by deprivation, notably of food

  5. starve(Verb)

    To deprive of nourishment.

    They starved the child until it withered away.

  6. starve(Verb)

    To kill with cold.

    I was half starved waiting out in that wind.

  7. Origin: From sterven, from steorfan. Cognate with staarven, Dutch sterven, German sterben, Albanian shterp.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starve(verb)

    to die; to perish

  2. Starve(verb)

    to perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent

  3. Starve(verb)

    to perish or die with cold

  4. Starve(verb)

    to destroy with cold

  5. Starve(verb)

    to kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder

  6. Starve(verb)

    to distress or subdue by famine; as, to starvea garrison into a surrender

  7. Starve(verb)

    to destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plans by depriving them of proper light and air

  8. Starve(verb)

    to deprive of force or vigor; to disable

Anagrams of starve

  1. vaster

  2. averts

  3. traves

Translations for starve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) die, or suffer greatly, from hunger

In the drought, many people and animals starved (to death); They were accused of starving their prisoners.

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