- 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-starved (in adjectives) not having something that you need supply-starved rebels see also cash-starved Idioms
NAmE//stɑrv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they starve
he / she / it starves
past simple starved
-ing form starving
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)
be starving (for something)(also be starved)(informal)jump to other results