starve

[ stahrv ]
/ stɑrv /

verb (used without object), starved, starv·ing.

verb (used with object), starved, starv·ing.

Origin of starve

before 1000; Middle English sterven, Old English steorfan to die; cognate with German sterben

Related forms

half-starved, adjectivehalf-starv·ing, adjectiveself-starved, adjectiveun·starved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half-starved (1 of 2)

half-starved


adjective

having been deprived of food; malnourished

British Dictionary definitions for half-starved (2 of 2)

starve

/ (stɑːv) /

verb

to die or cause to die from lack of food
to deprive (a person or animal) or (of a person, etc) to be deprived of food
(intr) informal to be very hungry
(foll by of or for) to deprive or be deprived (of something necessary), esp so as to cause suffering or malfunctioningthe engine was starved of fuel
(tr foll by into) to bring (to) a specified condition by starvingto starve someone into submission
archaic to be or cause to be extremely cold

Derived Forms

starver, noun

Word Origin for starve

Old English steorfan to die; related to Old Frisian sterva to die, Old High German sterban to die
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Medicine definitions for half-starved

starve

[ stärv ]

v.

To suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food.
To deprive of food so as to cause suffering or death.
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