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Verb: starve  staa(r)v
  1. Be hungry; go without food
    "Let's eat--I'm starving!";
    - hunger, famish
     
  2. Die of food deprivation
    "The political prisoners starved to death";
    - famish
     
  3. Deprive of food
    "They starved the prisoners";
    - famish
     
  4. Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    - crave, hunger, thirst, lust
     
  5. Deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
    "he is starving her of love"; "The engine was starved of fuel"

Derived forms: starved, starves, starving

Type of: buy the farm [N. Amer], cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, deprive, desire, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, hurt, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, pop one's clogs, snuff it, suffer, want

Antonym: be full, feed

Encyclopedia: Starve