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Meaning of STARVE

Pronunciation:  stârv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
  2. [v]  deprive of food; "They starved the prisoners"
  3. [v]  deprive of a necessity and cause suffering; "he is starving her of love"; "The engine was starved of fuel"
  4. [v]  be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
  5. [v]  have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

STARVE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: crave, famish, lust, thirst
 Antonyms: be full, feed, give
 See Also: decease, deprive, desire, die, exit, expire, go, hunger, hurt, pass, pass away, perish, starve, suffer, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Starve\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Starved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Starving}.] [OE. sterven to die, AS. steorfan; akin to D.
    sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.]
    1. To die; to perish. [Obs., except in the sense of perishing
       with cold or hunger.] --Lydgate.
             In hot coals he hath himself raked . . . Thus
             starved this worthy mighty Hercules.  --Chaucer.
    2. To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want;
       to be very indigent.
             Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed. --Pope.
    3. To perish or die with cold. --Spenser.
             Have I seen the naked starve for cold? --Sandys.
             Starving with cold as well as hunger. --W. Irving.
    Note: In this sense, still common in England, but rarely used
          of the United States.
  2. \Starve\, v. t.
    1. To destroy with cold. [Eng.]
             From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice Their
             soft ethereal warmth.                 --Milton.
    2. To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is,
       in law, murder.
    3. To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starvea garrison
       into a surrender.
             Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their
             convoy of provisions from Africa.     --Arbuthnot.
    4. To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plans by
       depriving them of proper light and air.
    5. To deprive of force or vigor; to disable.
             The pens of historians, writing thereof, seemed
             starved for matter in an age so fruitful of
             memorable actions.                    --Fuller.
             The powers of their minds are starved by disuse.