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starve Explained

starve at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


starve at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. steorfan "to die," from P.Gmc. *sterban "be stiff." The sense narrowed to "die of cold" 12c.; the sense of "to kill with hunger" is first recorded 1530. Ger. cognate sterben retains the original sense of the word. ///

starve at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S3 v [Language: Old English; Origin: steorfan 'to die']//
1 [I] to suffer or die because you do not have enough to eat: --Thousands of people will starve if food doesn't reach the city.// --pictures of starving children// --They'll either die from the cold or starve to death (=die from lack of food) .//
2 [T] to prevent someone from having enough food to live: --The poor dog looked like it had been starved.//
3 be starving: also be starved AmE to be very hungry// --You must be starving!// starve of [starve sb/sth of sth] phr v// to not give something that is needed// --The schools are starved of funding.// --The poor kid's just starved for attention.// starve out [starve sb → out] phr v// to force someone to leave a place by preventing them from getting food// --If we can't blast them out, we'll starve them out!//

starve at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "starve":
OD, annihilate, asphyxiate, be in want, be killed, be pinched,
be poor, be ravenous, begrudge, bereave of life, carry away,
carry off, chloroform, choke, cut down, cut off, deprive of life,
destroy, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, do for, do to death,
drown, end, execute, exterminate, eye hungrily, famish,
feel hungry, finish, finish off, go on welfare, grudge,
have a tapeworm, hunger, hunger for, immolate, kill, lack,
launch into eternity, liquidate, live upon nothing, lynch,
make away with, martyr, martyrize, need, pinch, pinch pennies,
poison, purge, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep,
raven, remove from life, sacrifice, scamp, scant, screw, scrimp,
skimp, slay, smother, stint, strangle, suffocate, take life,
take off, thirst, thirst for, want

starve at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Poverty): be poor, want, lack, starve, live from hand to mouth.

[V] (Fasting): fast, starve, diet, famish.

[ADJ] (Fasting): famished, starved, fasting, hungry.

starve at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 to suffer or die because you do not have enough food to eat; to make sb suffer or die in this way:
[V] 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! * [VN] She's starving herself to try to lose weight. * Many of the prisoners looked half starved.
2 (-starved) (in adjectives) not having sth that you need:
supply-starved rebels
be starving (for sth) (also be starved especially in AmE) (informal) to feel very hungry:
When's food? I'm starving!
starve sb into sth / into doing sth to force sb to do sth by not allowing them to get any food or money:
The blockade was aimed at starving the country into submission.
starve sb/sth of sth (AmE also starve sb/sth for sth) [usually passive] to not give sth that is needed:
I felt starved of intelligent conversation. * The department has been starved of resources.
starve sb<->out (of sth) to force sb to leave a particular building or area by not allowing them to get any food:
If they won't come out, we'll starve them out!

Starve at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Starve \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.

Starve \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.

starve at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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

starve at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » sterven|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » steorfan|lang=ang. Cognate with Inter: etyl » nds|- Inter: term » staarven|lang=nds, Dutch Inter: term » sterven|lang=nl, German Inter: term » sterben|lang=de, Albanian Inter: term » shterp||sterile, unproductive, barren land|lang=sq.


* Inter: a » British Inter: IPA » /stɑː(ɹ)v/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /stA:(r)v/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(r)v
  • Inter: audio » en-us-starve.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-verb » starves|starving|starved|starved or rarely storven

  • Inter: intransitive » obsolete To die; in later use especially to die slowly, waste away.
    1. 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i.4:
    2. : noble Britomart / Released her, that else was like to sterue, / Through cruell knife that her deare heart did kerue.
    3. Inter: intransitiv » e To die because of lack of food or of not eating.
    4. Inter: quote-book » title=A Thousand Voices‎|page=76|author=Lisa Wingate|year=2007|passage="When all of you starve to death, Shasta, don't come crying to me, that's all."
    5. Inter: intransitiv » e To be very hungry.
    6. : Hey, ma, Im starving!''
    7. Inter: transitiv » e To destroy, make capitulate or at least make suffer by deprivation, notably of food
    8. Inter: transitiv » e To deprive of nourishment.
    9. : They starved the child until it withered away.
    10. Inter: transitive » British|especially Yorkshire and Lancashire To kill with cold.
    11. : I was half starved waiting out in that wind.


      Inter: trans-top » obsolete: to die

  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nääntyä

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to die because of lack of food
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|مات جوعا|tr=Mata jaw-3an|sc=Arab
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|饿死|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: verhongeren, sterven van de honger
    • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|svølta
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nääntyä (Inter: t+ » fi|nälkä|alt=nälkään), kuolla nälkään
    • French: mourir de faim

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|verhungern
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|éhenhal
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|餓死する|tr=gashi suru|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: 굶어죽다 (gul-meo-juk-da)
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|morrer Inter: t+ » pt|de Inter: t+ » pt|fome
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|svälta
  • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|ఆకలిచావు|tr=AkalicAvu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to be very hungry
    • Dutch: rammelen/sterven van de honger
    • Finnish: kuolla nälkään
    • French: être affamé
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|éhezik
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|飢える|tr=ueru|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|estar Inter: t+ » pt|morrendo Inter: t+ » pt|de Inter: t+ » pt|fome, Inter: t+ » pt|estar Inter: t+ » pt|faminto
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|svälta, vara Inter: t+ » sv|svulten, vara Inter: t- » sv|utsvulten
  • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|ఘోరకలి|tr=ghOrakali
  • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|llwgu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to destroy by deprivation
    • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|svølta
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|näännyttää, Inter: t- » fi|nälkiinnyttää

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|svälta (ut)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to deprive of nourishment
    • Dutch: uithongeren
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|näännyttää
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|éheztet
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|飢えさせる|tr=uesaseru|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|esfomear
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|svälta (ut)
  • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|చప్పిడికూడు|tr=cappiDikUDu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-top » |
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|affamer
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|పస్తు|tr=pastu

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * starvation
  • starveling
  • starving


    * averts
  • traves
  • vaster

  • Category: Category:English ergative verbs -
    Translation: cy » starve
    Translation: de » starve
    Translation: et » starve
    Translation: es » starve
    Translation: fa » starve
    Translation: fr » starve
    Translation: ko » starve
    Translation: hr » starve
    Translation: io » starve
    Translation: kn » starve
    Translation: hu » starve
    Translation: mg » starve
    Translation: ml » starve
    Translation: my » starve
    Translation: ja » starve
    Translation: pl » starve
    Category: simple:starve -
    Translation: fi » starve
    Translation: sv » starve
    Translation: ta » starve
    Translation: te » starve
    Translation: vi » starve
    Translation: zh » starve