What does starve mean?

Definitions for starvestɑrv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word starve.

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"


  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

  9. Origin: [OE. sterven to die, AS. steorfan; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Starve

    stärv, v.i. to die of hunger or cold: to suffer extreme hunger or want: to be in want of anything necessary, to deteriorate for want of anything essential.—v.t. to kill with hunger or cold: to destroy by want: to deprive of power.—n. Starvā′tion, act of starving: state of being starved.—adj. Starve′ling, hungry: lean: weak.—n. a thin, weak, pining animal or plant. [A.S. steorfan, to die; Dut. sterven, Ger. sterben, to die.]

Anagrams for starve »

  1. vaster

  2. averts

  3. traves


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of starve in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of starve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sultan Faizy:

    They have no choice but to surrender or starve.

  2. Arisa Hosaka:

    Feed a fever, starve a cold. Lightly sup with rickets.

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    If you do not want to work in the heat, you will have to starve in the cold.

  4. Kudakwashe Shumba:

    The economy is so bad, there are no jobs, if I do not sell firewood I will starve.

  5. Tendayi Chimukako:

    There are no jobs, even the food is hard to get, if I go back to Zimbabwe I will starve.

Images & Illustrations of starve

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Translations for starve

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مات جوعًاArabic
  • галадацьBelarusian
  • гладувамBulgarian
  • hladovětCzech
  • llwguWelsh
  • verhungern, aushungernGerman
  • nääntyä, näännyttää, nälkiinnyttää, nälkä, [[kuolla]] [[nälkäFinnish
  • svøltaFaroese
  • être affamé, affamer, [[mourir]] de [[faim]]French
  • éheztet, éhenhal, éhezikHungarian
  • 飢えさせる, 餓死, 飢えるJapanese
  • 굶어죽다Korean
  • whakatiki, whakapuangoMāori
  • uithongeren, [[sterven]] [[van]] [[de]] [[honger]], verhongeren, rammelenDutch
  • głodowaćPolish
  • fome, estar, faminto, morrendo, de, esfomear, morrerPortuguese
  • изголодаться, чахнуть, [[умирать]] [[от]] [[голод, голодать, [[морить]] [[голод, проголодатьсяRussian
  • hladovaťSlovak
  • stradatiSlovene
  • utsvulten, svälta, svultenSwedish
  • చప్పిడికూడు, ఆకలిచావు, ఘోరకలిTelugu
  • голодуватиUkrainian

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