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Definition of hunger noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the feeling caused by a need to eat hunger pangs I felt faint with hunger.
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of not having enough food to eat, especially when this causes illness or death synonym starvation Around fifty people die of hunger every day in the camp. The organization works to alleviate world hunger and disease.
  3. 3[singular] hunger (for something) (formal) a strong desire for something a hunger for knowledge Nothing seemed to satisfy their hunger for truth.
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