Complete Definition of "starve"

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Etymology
OE. steorfan

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-starve.ogg|Audio (US)

:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉË(r)v|-ÉË(r)v

Intransitive verb
rfc-trverb|Intransitive verb
en-verb|starves|starving|starved|starved or rarely starven

  1. obsolete To die, in general:

#: But he that starf for oure redempcioun<br>And bond Sathan (and yet lith ther he lay) [CHAUCER Cnt, MoL?. 633-634]

  1. To die because of lack of food or of not eating.

#: He starved to death on a desert island.

  1. (hyperbolically) To be very hungry.

#: Hey, ma, I'm starving!

  1. (British, especially Yorkshire and Lancashire) To be cold.

#: I was half starved waiting out in that wind.

Translations
trans-top|die because of lack of food
Finnish: nääntyä, kuolla nälkään
trans-mid
Korean: 굶ì´ì£½ë¤ (gul-meo-juk-da)
French: mourir de faim
trans-bottom

trans-top|be very hungry
Finnish: kuolla nälkään, nääntyä
trans-mid
French: être affamé
trans-bottom

Transitive verb
en-verb|starves|starving|starved|starved or rarely starven

  1. To cause someone to die from lack of food or from not eating.

#: They starved the child until it withered away.

Translations
trans-top|cause someone to die from lack of food
Finnish: pitää nälässä, näännyttää
French: t|fr|affamer
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Derived terms
starvation
starving

Category:English ergative verbs

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