What does starve mean?

Definitions for starve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. starve, hunger, famishverb

    be hungry; go without food

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

  2. starve, famishverb

    die of food deprivation

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

  3. starve, famishverb

    deprive of food

    "They starved the prisoners"

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lustverb

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

  5. starveverb

    deprive of a necessity and cause suffering

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


  1. starveverb

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

  2. starveverb

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

  3. starveverb

    To be very hungry.

    Hey, ma, I'm starving!

  4. starveverb

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

  5. starveverb

    To deprive of nourishment.

    They starved the child until it withered away.

  6. starveverb

    To kill with cold.

    I was half starved waiting out in that wind.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starveverb

    to die; to perish

  2. Starveverb

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

  3. Starveverb

    to perish or die with cold

  4. Starveverb

    to destroy with cold

  5. Starveverb

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

  6. Starveverb

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

  7. Starveverb

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

  8. Starveverb

    to deprive of force or vigor; to disable

  9. Etymology: [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.]

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  1. vaster

  2. averts

  3. traves

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  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

Examples of starve in a Sentence

  1. Kim Kardashian:

    I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein, i didn't starve Kim Kardashian, but I was so strict.

  2. Kim Do-hoon:

    Kim Jong Un has been promoting the fisheries, which could explain why there are more fishing boats going out, but North Korean boats perform really poorly, with bad engines, risking lives to go far to catch more. Sometimes they drift and fishermen starve to death.

  3. Ayn Rand:

    America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance -- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.

  4. Mark McIntyre:

    It's a national security case either way, whether he's selling blue jeans or oil field equipment ... the point is to starve the Iranian economy and make them come to the table.

  5. Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

    Those goals apparently include depraved tactics like trying to starve innocent civilians into submission, bombing hospitals and playgrounds, targeting them.

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  • مات جوعًاArabic
  • галадацьBelarusian
  • гладувамBulgarian
  • hladovětCzech
  • llwguWelsh
  • verhungern, aushungernGerman
  • [[kuolla]] [[nälkä, nääntyä, nälkä, näännyttää, nälkiinnyttääFinnish
  • svøltaFaroese
  • être affamé, [[mourir]] de [[faim]], affamerFrench
  • éheztet, éhenhal, éhezikHungarian
  • 飢えさせる, 飢える, 餓死Japanese
  • 굶어죽다Korean
  • whakapuango, whakatikiMāori
  • rammelen, verhongeren, uithongeren, [[sterven]] [[van]] [[de]] [[honger]]Dutch
  • głodowaćPolish
  • esfomear, morrer, morrendo, faminto, estar, fome, dePortuguese
  • изголодаться, голодать, [[умирать]] [[от]] [[голод, проголодаться, чахнуть, [[морить]] [[голодRussian
  • hladovaťSlovak
  • stradatiSlovene
  • svälta, svulten, utsvultenSwedish
  • ఘోరకలి, ఆకలిచావు, చప్పిడికూడుTelugu
  • голодуватиUkrainian

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. tantamount
    • B. motile
    • C. valetudinarian
    • D. repugnant

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