Starve - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɑːrv|  American pronunciation of the word starve
Brit.  |stɑːv|  British pronunciation of the word starve


- be hungry; go without food (syn: famish, hunger)
- die of food deprivation (syn: famish)
The political prisoners starved to death
- deprive of food (syn: famish)
They starved the prisoners
- have a craving, appetite, or great desire for (syn: crave, hunger, lust, thirst)
- deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
The engine was starved of fuel

Extra examples

Without food they would starve.

They left him to starve out in the desert.

They tried to starve their enemies into submission.

It was clear that the dog had been starved.

You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight.

The children are starving for love.

Thousands of people will starve if food doesn't reach the city.

They'll either die from the cold or starve to death (=die from lack of food).

The poor dog looked like it had been starved.

Every young and healthy feeling flogged and starved down. (Ch. Dickens)

The political prisoners starved to death

They starved the prisoners

The engine was starved of fuel

He would starve before he'd steal.

They would rather starve to death than accept the fate of slavery.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: starve
he/she/it: starves
present participle: starving
past tense: starved
past participle: starved
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