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Definition of starve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they starve
    he / she / it starves
    past simple starved
    -ing form starving
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to suffer or die because you do not have enough food to eat; to make someone suffer or die in this way The animals were left to starve to death. pictures of starving children The new job doesn't pay as much but we won't starve! starve somebody/yourself She's starving herself to try to lose weight. Many of the prisoners looked half-starved.
  2. 2-starved (in adjectives) not having something that you need supply-starved rebels see also cash-starved
  3. Idioms
    be starving (for something) (also be starved) (informal)
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    to feel very hungry When's dinner? I'm starving!
    Phrasal Verbsstarve somebody into something/into doing somethingstarve somebody/something of/for somethingstarve somebodyout (of something)
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