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

     

    starve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stɑːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they starve
    BrE BrE//stɑːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrv//
     
    he / she / it starves
    BrE BrE//stɑːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrvz//
     
    past simple starved
    BrE BrE//stɑːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrvd//
     
    past participle starved
    BrE BrE//stɑːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrvd//
     
    -ing form starving
    BrE BrE//ˈstɑːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɑːrvɪŋ//
     
    Poverty and famine
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to suffer or die because you do not have enough food to eat; to make somebody 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. See related entries: Poverty and famine
  2. 2-starved (in adjectives) not having something that you need supply-starved rebels see also cash-starved
  3. Word Origin Old English steorfan ‘to die’, of Germanic origin, probably from a base meaning ‘be rigid’ (compare with stare); related to Dutch sterven and German sterben.Extra examples He is starving for attention. He locked them in a room and left them to starve. She refused food and literally starved herself to death. The baby’s brain had been starved of oxygen. The poor cat was half starved. Their policies will leave innocent children starving in the streets.Idioms
    be starving (for something)(also be starved especially in North American English)
     
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    (informal) to feel very hungry When's the food coming? I'm starving! See related entries: Healthy eating habits, Hunger
    Phrasal Verbsstarve somebody into doing somethingstarve somebody of somethingstarve somebodyout (of something)
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