Definition of starve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


; stɑːrv
1 [intransitive, transitive] to suffer or die because you do not have enough food to eat; to make somebody suffer or die in this wayThe animals were left to starve to of starving childrenThe 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 needsupply-starved rebels see also cash-starved

be starving (for something)

(also be starved especially in North American English) (informal) to feel very hungryWhen's the food coming? I'm starving!
Phrasal verbs

starve somebody into something/into doing something

to force somebody to do something by not allowing them to get any food or moneyThe blockade was aimed at starving the country into submission.

starve somebody/something of something

(North American English also starve somebody/something for something) [usually passive] to not give something that is neededI felt starved of intelligent conversation.The department has been starved of resources.

starve somebody out (of something)

to force somebody to leave a particular building or area by not allowing them to get any foodIf they won't come out, we'll starve them out!
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