starve

The verb starve means suffering or death caused by a lack of food, though people also use it as a dramatic way to say they are hungry, as in, "If we don't start cooking dinner now, I think I'll starve."

The word starve has origins in the Old English word steorfan, meaning “to die.” It is true that if you don't eat for a period of time, you could starve, meaning die from hunger. Today, starve is also used to describe less severe limitations on food, such as when you tell your friend, "I have to go to lunch now. I'm starving." This is a way of describing discomfort caused by hunger.

Definitions of starve
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v die of food deprivation

“The political prisoners starved to death”
Synonyms:
famish
Type of:
buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

v be hungry; go without food

“Let's eat--I'm starving!”
Synonyms:
famish, hunger
Antonyms:
be full
be sated, have enough to eat
Type of:
hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v deprive of a necessity and cause suffering

“he is starving her of love”
“The engine was starved of fuel”
Synonyms:
famish
deprive of food
Type of:
deprive
keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

v deprive of food

“They starved the prisoners”
Synonyms:
famish
Antonyms:
feed, give
give food to
Type of:
deprive
keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

v have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Synonyms:
crave, hunger, lust, thirst
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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